Visualization of Organ-Specific Lymphatic Growth: An Efficient Approach to Labeling Molecular Markers in Cleared Tissues

Christ, Carolin and Jakus, Zoltán (2023) Visualization of Organ-Specific Lymphatic Growth: An Efficient Approach to Labeling Molecular Markers in Cleared Tissues. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR SCIENCES, 24 (6). No. 5075. ISSN 1661-6596

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Organ-specific lymphatics are essential for the maintenance of healthy organ function and lymphatic dysfunction can lead to the development of various diseases. However, the precise role of those lymphatic structures remains unknown, mainly due to inefficient visualization techniques. Here, we present an efficient approach to visualizing organ-specific lymphatic growth. We used a modified CUBIC protocol to clear mouse organs and combined it with whole-mount immunostaining to visualize lymphatic structures. We acquired images using upright, stereo and confocal microscopy and quantified them with AngioTool, a tool for the quantification of vascular networks. Using our approach, we then characterized the organ-specific lymphatic vasculature of the Flt4kd/+ mouse model, showing symptoms of lymphatic dysfunction. Our approach enabled us to visualize the lymphatic vasculature of organs and to analyze and quantify structural changes. We detected morphologically altered lymphatic vessels in all investigated organs of Flt4kd/+ mice, including the lungs, small intestine, heart and uterus, but no lymphatic structures in the skin. Quantifications showed that these mice have fewer and dilated lymphatic vessels in the small intestine and the lungs. Our results demonstrate that our approach can be used to investigate the importance of organ-specific lymphatics under both physiological and pathophysiological conditions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: organ-specific lymphatic growth; lymphatic vessel growth; lymphatics; tissue clearing; CUBIC; primary lymphedema; Flt4kd/+; lymphatic dysfunction; molecular markers
Subjects: Q Science / természettudomány > QP Physiology / élettan
Depositing User: MTMT SWORD
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2023 11:52
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2023 11:52

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