The endothelium in the carotid arteries of the giraffe lies on an extensive basement membrane complex that has a distinctly fibrillar component. Small electron-dense areas occur in the basal portion of the endothelium and normally in apposition to the fibrillar laminae of the basement membrane. These zones are believed here to constitute hemi-desmosomes where endothelial attachment may be most tenacious.
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Kirumbi Kimani, J. Subendothelial fibrillar laminae in the carotid arteries of the giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis). Cell Tissue Res. 219, 441–443 (1981). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00210163
- Basement membrane
- Carotid arteries