We investigated the phenotypic features of cardiomyocytes, including the gap junctions, in the myocardial sleeve of thoracic veins. Single cardiomyocytes, isolated from the canine pulmonary veins (PV) and superior vena cava (SVC) using digestive enzymes, were examined by immunoconfocal microscopy using antisera against connexin43 (Cx43), Cx40, and other cell markers. The results showed that isolated cardiomyocytes displayed rod shapes of various sizes, ranging from 200 μm in length, and all the cells expressed α-actinin and vinculin. Gap junctions made of various amounts of Cx43 and Cx40 were found at the cell borders. These two connexins were extensively co-localized. Comparison between the thoracic veins showed that cells of the SVC contained more Cx43 gap junctions (total Cx43 gap junctions area per cell surface area, 4.0 ± 0.2% vs 1.5 ± 0.2%; p
|頁（從 - 到）||259-266|
|期刊||Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry|
|出版狀態||已發佈 - 二月 1 2003|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cell Biology
Yeh, H. I., Lai, Y. J., Lee, Y. N., Chen, Y. J., Chen, Y. C., Chen, C. C., Chen, S. A., Lin, C. I., & Tsai, C. H. (2003). Differential expression of connexin43 gap junctions in cardiomyocytes isolated from canine thoracic veins. Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry, 51(2), 259-266.