Structure and Function of Blood Vessels

Learning Objectives

  • Students should be able to list the differences in structure and permeability between the three types of endothelia.
  • Students should be able to list the components of endothelium that determine its permeability.
  • Students should be able to describe two molecular mechanisms that increase the permeability of endothelium.
  • Given a histological image, students should be able to identify the different types of blood vessels and explain the role each plays in the conduction of blood and distribution of nutrients.
  • Given an histological image of a large artery, students should be able to describe the function of each layer of the wall of the artery and the components and cells in each layer.
  • Given an electron micrograph of a capillary, students should be able to determine whether the capillary is continuous, fenestrated or discontinuous.

Before the Session

Read the background material

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Watch the videos

In-class Session

Readiness Assessment Quiz

Team-Based Questions