B0006427 Ruptured blood vessel
Credit: Anne Weston, LRI, CRUK. Wellcome Images
Colour-enhanced image of red blood cells leaking out of a ruptured blood vessel. This is due to a mutation in the ephrin-B2 gene that causes the blood vessels to be more fragile than normal leading to an increased rate of haemorrhaging. The fragility is due to the inadequate coverage of the vessel by smooth muscle cells. This kind of leaky blood vessel is frequently found in tumours and in certain other human diseases.
Scanning electron micrograph
2006 Published: –

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