Elastic Fiber

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elastic fiber

[i′las·tik ′fī·bər]
A homogeneous, fibrillar connective tissue component that is highly refractile and appears yellowish when arranged in bundles.

Elastic Fiber


a type of fiber found in the intercellular substance of connective tissue. Elastic fibers are long homogeneous threads no more than two or three micrometers thick. They are intertwined and branched, forming a delicate network that refracts light strongly. The fibers consist of the stable elastic protein elastin, which withstands boiling. Elastic fibers are found in the walls of blood vessels, elastic cartilage, and areolar tissue.

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Pseudoxanthoma elasticum (PXE) is a systemic disease and a heritable disorder of the connective tissue in which the primary defect appears to be the production of abnormal elastic fibres with secondary calcification.
With increase in elastic fragmentation and changes in orientation of smooth muscle cells, collagen occupied the space between fragmented elastic fibres.
Moreover, histologic studies reveal dermal matrix disorders for type IV, with a significant decrease in collagen type III in the extracellular matrix essentially, and an abundance of elastic fibres that appear to be large, irregular and fragmented [Holbrook and Byers, 1989; Berteretche et al.
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Histopathological findings indicate abnormality in elastic fibre.
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The clinical features of cutis laxa are thought to be due to defective elastin synthesis that results in sparse and abnormal elastic fibres in the affected tissues.
An elegant theory of the failure of ductile materials reinforced by elastic fibres has been proposed in [1].
Aorta revealed increasing amount of elastic fibres with age as a structural adaptation to haemodynamic stress.
Demonstration of collagen and elastic fibres was done by using Van Gieson's stain (Mallory, 1961) and Gomori's Aldehyde Fuchsin method (Gomori, 1946) respectively.
The outer one was in direct contact with myocardium and was composed of irregularly arranged connective tissue that merge with collagen and elastic fibres surrounding the adjacent cardiac muscle along with Purkinje fibres, blood vessels, and lymphatics.
Veins return blood to the heart and have very thin walls and no elastic fibres.