Reticular Connective Tissue Spleen

^ Reticular connective tissue and embryonic support tissue (mesenchyme) are 3 similar. They both form spongy tissues (see Fig. 168), which consist of inter--q connected, branched reticulum cells in a wide-meshed network. This net-c work is interwoven with argyrophilic (reticular) fibers that closely adhere to the surfaces of the reticulum cells. The large intercellular spaces contain free cells and liquid. The figure shows a spleen perfused with Ringer solution. Jj Free cells are no longer present. The nuclei appear deep blue, and the reticule lar fibers are stained light blue.

o The reticular connective tissue is a special form of connective tissue, with ^ few fibers. It provides the support structure for the spleen, the lymph nodes, the lymph follicles and the bone marrow (cf. Figs. 320-331).

Stain: methylene blue-eosin; magnification: x 200

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