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3D reconstruction of the mouse's mesonephros.

Authors
  • Vazquez, Marie-Danielle
  • Bouchet, Pierre
  • Mallet, Jean-Laurent
  • Foliguet, Bernard
  • Gerard, Hubert
  • Le Heup, Bruno
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1998
Source
HAL-INRIA
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Language
English
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Abstract

The present work reports on the three-dimensional reconstruction of the segmented mesonephros during the embryonic development of the mouse. With a light microscope and an automatic reconstruction of surfaces, aspects of the mesonephros are described. These surfaces are obtained by using digitized contour lines. A new interpolation method called DSI (Discrete Smooth Interpolation) enables correction of the distortion induced by microtomy in paraffin sections. After a triangulation step, this method uses a smoothing algorithm, which implies a spatial redistribution of the vertices of the triangles to correct the rotational and translational misalignment. The use of this 3D program improves the understanding of the development patterns and helps us to appreciate changes in the rebuilt mesonephros. By 10.5 embryonic days, tubules emerge from the Wolffian body and begin their formation, then between 11.5 and 13.5 embryonic days, tortuous mesonephric tubules bound to the Wolffian duct form small curls, which grow and finally unwind. At the same time, mesonephric tubules unbound to the Wolffian duct appear, and on 13.5 embryonic days, the Mullerian duct is visible. After 14.5 embryonic days, the segmented mesonephros keeps its general aspect but decreases in size. At this time, each gonad is provided with both Wolffian and Mullerian ducts. Later, the Wolffian duct differentiates into the definitive male duct system, whilst the Mullerian duct regresses. Conversely, the paramesonephric duct differentiates into the definitive female duct system, whilst the mesonephric duct in turn degenerates. By this time degeneration has begun in the cranial portion of the mesonephros and this process progresses caudally. The spatial organization of the mesonephric tubules and the precise organization of all connections between these elements and the ducts may be well defined. Such approach can allow for a high definition of the normal pattern of mesonephros differentiation.

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