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The Mouse Cremaster Muscle Preparation for Intravital Imaging of the Microcirculation
 

The Mouse Cremaster Muscle Preparation for Intravital Imaging of the Microcirculation

Article DOI: 10.3791/2874
June 10th, 2011

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Summary June 10th, 2011

A tissue preparation is described for visualization and experimental manipulation of the living microcirculation. In anesthetized male mice, the thin, highly vascularized cremaster muscle is prepared for intravital microscopy to study microvascular networks including arterioles, capillaries and venules. This preparation is readily adapted for rats and hamsters.

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