Journal of Smooth Muscle Research
Online ISSN : 1884-8796
Print ISSN : 0916-8737
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Synthetic smooth muscle in the outer blood plexus of the rhinarium skin of Lemur catta L.
Rolf ElofssonRonald H H Kröger
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2017 Volume 53 Pages 31-36

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The skin of the lemur nose tip (rhinarium) has arterioles in the outer vascular plexus that are endowed with an unusual coat of smooth muscle cells. Comparison with the arterioles of the same area in a number of unrelated mammalians shows that the lemur pattern is unique. The vascular smooth muscle cells belong to the synthetic type. The function of synthetic smooth muscles around the terminal vessels in the lemur rhinarium is unclear but may have additional functions beyond regulation of vessel diameter.

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