Fine structure of the interface between the anterior limiting lamina and the anterior stromal fibrils of the human cornea

Jessica H. Mathew, Jan P.G. Bergmanson, Michael Doughty

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The purpose of this study was to use transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to investigate further the ultrastructural details of the collagen fibrils linking the anterior limiting lamina (ALL; Bowman’s membrane) of the human cornea to the anterior stromal lamellae. Six disease-free corneas from donors aged 42 to 82 years were fixed (2% glutaraldehyde in 80 mM sodium cacodylate) and processed for TEM within 72 hours postmortem. A series of overlapping images, at 10,204× magnification, of the central corneal ALL–stroma interface were assembled. The features of the terminal ends of fibril bundles at the interface with the anterior stroma were quantitatively assessed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3914-3918
Number of pages5
JournalInvestigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2008



  • optometry
  • opthalmology
  • vision sciences

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