Gross aspects of macro and microvascularization of sheep placenta (Ovis aries)

  • Luciana Silveira Flores Schoenau Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Centro de Ciências da Saúde, Departamento de Morfologia, Setor de Anatomia Animal, Santa Maria, RS
  • Luciano de Morais Pinto Universidade de São Paulo, Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia, Departamento de Cirurgia, São Paulo, SP
  • Flávia Thomaz Verechia Pereira Universidade Estadual Paulista, Faculdade de Zootecnia, Dracena, SP
  • William Schoenau Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Centro de Ciências da Saúde, Departamento de Fisiologia, Santa Maria, RS
  • Maria Angélica Miglino Universidade de São Paulo, Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia, Departamento de Cirurgia, São Paulo, SP
Keywords: Placenta, Microvasculartization, Sheep

Abstract

Placenta possesses various essential independent vascular systems and intimately associated vascular systems, the effectiveness of which are related to the type of blood stream between the maternal and fetal circulation and, therefore, the morphology of the vascularization. The aim of this research was to study the anatomical aspects of gross and microscopic vascularization of the sheep placenta (Corriedale cross breeds and Ideal breeds, living at sea level) and the systematization of the fetal vessels from umbilical funiculus until the capillary bed. The cotyledons were demonstrated to be mostly spheroids and to possess between one to four vascular in the majority and receive from one to four vascular branches in their central concavity. Anastomoses of the umbilical funiculus vessels occur only between arteries and anastomoses between the chorionic vessel branches are more frequent in veins than in the arteries.Were found 187 types of different cotyledonary-artery arrays were found. The chorionic artery leading to pregnant horn is shorter in lenght and emits fewer cotyledonary branches than the non pregnant horn. The chorionic vein is formed by the confluence of two branches and receives collateral tributary vessels that frequently are anastomosed between themselves. The microvascularization of the fetal cotyledon was studied by scanning electron microscopy and is demonstrated to possess of cylindrical villous trees with vessels and with parallel vessels and with capilarization in the villous extremities. Capillary fan-like handles and conical villous trees are also observed. The macrocospic features of the cotyledons and microscopy of the villous trees reflect the altitude in which the animals live (the 95 m above sea level).

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Published
2005-12-01
How to Cite
Schoenau, L., Pinto, L., Pereira, F., Schoenau, W., & Miglino, M. (2005). Gross aspects of macro and microvascularization of sheep placenta (Ovis aries). Brazilian Journal of Veterinary Research and Animal Science, 42(6), 405-413. https://doi.org/10.11606/issn.1678-4456.bjvras.2005.26398
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