Mesenchyme

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Mesenchyme
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Transmission electron micrograph of mesenchyme displaying the ultrastructure of a typical cell and matrix.
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Mesenchyme (pointer) stained with H&E
Details
Latin mesenchyma
Carnegie stage 6b
primarily mesoderm
Identifiers
Code TE E5.16.4.0.3.0.18
Anatomical terminology

Mesenchyme is a type of tissue characterized by loosely associated cells that lack polarity and are surrounded by a large extracellular matrix. Mesenchymal cells are able to develop into the tissues of the lymphatic and circulatory systems, as well as connective tissues throughout the body, such as bone and cartilage. A sarcoma is a malignant cancer of mesenchymal cells.[1][2]

Mesenchyme is characterized morphologically by a prominent ground substance matrix containing a loose aggregate of reticular fibrils and unspecialized cells.[3] Mesenchymal cells can migrate easily, in contrast to epithelial cells, which lack mobility and are organized into closely adherent sheets, and are polarized in an apical-basal orientation.

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  1. ^ Strum, Judy M.; Gartner, Leslie P.; Hiatt, James L. (2007). Cell biology and histology. Hagerstwon, MD: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. p. 83. ISBN 0-7817-8577-4. 
  2. ^ Sadler, T.W. (2006). Langman's Medical Embryology. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. pp. 68–70. ISBN 0-7817-9485-4. 
  3. ^ Mesenchymal tissue

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