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* understanding what the limiting plate is
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  axeon73 - 11/20/09 17:28
 
  I'm trying to figure this out, is it just the hepatocytes that immediately surround the portal tract structures? So it's like you have a tube for the three vessels in the portal tract, then a single layer of cells encircles this tube, and this is the limiting plate? I guess in histology the vessels aren't going to be grouped together like this, so then the limiting plate would be a tight region around the portal tract?  
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* Re:understanding what the limiting plate is
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  shanma - 11/20/09 18:48
 
  Limiting plate: layer of hepatocytes surrounding each portal triad and separating it from the surrounding sheets of hepatocytes.

The following link is the image of Normal liver with limiting plate.

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.egyhep.com/ctrls/atlas/Imag...20%26um%3D1

Please compare with this slide. (description below the images)

http://www.pathologyatlas.ro/viral-chronic-moderate-hepatitis.php

Hope this will help you.. :)
 
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* Re:understanding what the limiting plate is
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  axeon73 - 11/20/09 19:46
 
  thanks for the definition, really helpful, especially the second link for the pathology atlas! wish my school would just use a book with pictures instead of these slides with no labels at all, because we're all blindly guessing what things are and don't learn a thing.  
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* Re:understanding what the limiting plate is
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  shanma - 11/20/09 20:00
 
  You're welcome.. :)  
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