Virtual Slide List

Resources

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This collection was originally compiled by Kent Christensen, Ph.D., J. Matthew Velkey, Ph.D., Lloyd M. Stoolman, M.D., Laura Hessler, and Diedra Mosley-Brower. Currently, it is curated by Michael Hortsch, Ph.D. If you have questions or comments regarding the University of Michigan virtual slide collection, please contact Dr. Hortsch at hortsch at umich.edu.

Virtual Slide List for Histology Course

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Epithelial Tissue
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Thick skin, sole of foot, H&E, 40X (stratified squamous epithelium, keratinized).
112
Thick skin, sole of foot, H&E, 40X (stratified squamous keratinized epithelium)
126
Trachea & esophagus, cross section, H&E, 40X (Trachea: pseudostratified/respiratory epithelium; esophagus: stratified squamous nonkeratinized epithelium)
153
Esophagus, H&E, 20X (stratified squamous epithelium, nonkeratinized).
176
Colon, H&E, 40X (simple columnar epithelium).
210
Kidney, H&E, 40X (simple cuboidal epithelium).
211
Non-distended ureter, human, H&E, 40X (transitional epithelium)
250-1
Vagina, H&E, 40X (stratified squamous epithelium, nonkeratinized).
Duke University 98
Non-distended bladder, H&E, 40X (transitional epithelium)
016
Desmosome and Intermediate Filaments: Look also at the structure and appearance of other cell junctions in electron micrographs. This image depicts a typical desmosomal junction in the upper right corner of the image. Note its association with abundant intermediate filaments on the cytoplasmic side of the plasma membrane.
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Stratified Squamous Keratinizing Epithelium: You can appreciate that this epithelium (skin) is stratified (has multiple layers of cells) and that the layers near the surface (at the top of the micrograph) have keratinized (lost their nuclei and become a layer of keratin). The spiny appearance of cells deeper in the epithelium can also often be seen in the light microscope. They are points of cell-cell attachment, made more obvious by shrinkage during preparation.
120
Simple Squamous Epithelium: The endocardium, the simple squamous epithelial lining of the heart, can be seen at the top of this section. Under it, you can see connective tissue, which we will study next time. Note how thin the epithelium is.
153
Pseudostratified Epithelium: The definition of a pseudostratified epithelium is one in which there are multiple levels of nuclei, but all cells extend to the base of the epithelium. In this micrograph of the epithelial lining of a trachea, you can find cells with nuclei at different levels which can be traced down until they are at least close to the base of the epithelium before some of them go out of the plane of section. Note also the apical cilia and basal bodies. You can see that the goblet cells are not ciliated and are polarized for secretion, i.e., the nucleus is basal to the clear secretion granules, which will be released into the lumen at the top of the micrograph.
154
Respiratory Epithelium (tangential section): The yellow colored area indicates the outline of one cell (see previous wall chart #153 for plane of section). Note the tops of the goblet cells protruding between the cilia.
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Cilia: Cross sections of cilia. The typical 9+2 arrangement of the microtubules is especially evident.
170
Simple Cuboidal Epithelium with Brush Border: The micrograph depicts epithelial lining cells of a proximal tubule in the kidney. The typical appearance of microvilli on the apical surface of simple cuboidal epithelial cells with a striated or brush border is seen in this micrograph.
183
Transitional Epithelium: This micrograph displays the transitional epithelial lining of the bladder.
190
Stratified Squamous Non-keratinizing Epithelium: Compare this micrograph to the previous one. This is the lining of the esophagus, where it is no longer necessary to have an outer keratinized layer to protect against desiccation, as it was for skin. Thus, the outermost layer is still cellular and contains a nucleus. Note again the spiny appearance of the cells, due to the desmosomal attachments.
211
Simple Columnar Epithelium: You can see that this type of epithelium, which is lining the lumen of the jejunum of the small intestine, is a simple epithelium: It is only one cell layer thick and columnar, as the cells are rather tall. Note the basal lamina at the base of the epithelium. In some places you can see the apical area where junctions are located. Most of these cells also have short apical microvilli.
213
Microvilli: This micrograph shows the typical appearance of microvilli on the apical surface of a cell, which contributes to the striated or brush border lining in the in small intestine.
Eye
EYE-1
Posterior eye (retina), H&E, 20X
EYE-2
Eyeball, H&E, 20X
UCSF 164
Eye, Masson stain, 20X
UCSF 173
Eyelid, H&E,
322
Human Cornea: Know and recognize the different cellular and acellular layers of the cornea.
326
Human Iris
330
Human Ciliary Process Epithelium: Note the different appearances of the two epithelial layers of the non-visual part of the retina.
331
Human Retina: Know the different layers of the visual part of the retina, specifically the location of the different types of neuronal cells and where they connect with each other.
Female Reproductive System 1: Ovary and Oviduct
234-1
Ovary, H&E, 40X (other examples, corpus luteum).
234-2
Ovary, Masson trichrome stain, 20X (other examples, corpus luteum]).
235
Ovary, H&E, 20X (other examples).
236a
Ovary, H&E, 40X (other examples, corpus luteum, degenerating corpus luteum [almost a corpus albicans).
239
Ovary, monkey, H&E, 40X (hilus, mesovarium, medulla, cortex, tunica albuginea, primordial follicles, ovum, granulosa [follicular] cells, primary follicles, secondary follicles, antrum, mature [Graafian] follicles,theca interna, zona pellucida, cumulus oophorus, corona radiata, atresia, glassy membrane, corpus luteum, granulosa lutein cells, theca lutein cells, corpus albicans).
240-1
Oviduct, H&E, 40X (infundibulum, fimbriae).
240-2
Oviduct, H&E, 40X (ampulla, ciliated cells, peg cells).
241even
Oviduct, H&E, 40X (isthmus [at left]).
241odd
Oviduct, uterine segment, H&E, 40X
269
Ovary, monkey, PAS, 40X
269-2
Ovary, monkey, PAS, 40X
279
Primordial Follicle: Note an incomplete layer of flat granulose cells around the oocyte.
280
Primary Oocyte: Note the highly organized appearance of the primary follicle and the considerable size difference to a primordial follicle.
281
Secondary Follicle: In this low magnification view of a secondary follicle, examine the characteristics of the thecal layer, granulosa cells, corona radiata and the ooplasm. Note particularly the basal lamina which separates the thecal and granulosa cell layers and the acellular zona pellucida that surrounds the oocyte.
282
Zona Pellucida of a Secondary Follicle: Higher magnification view of another secondary follicle. Note the penetration of the zona pellucida by processes from the oocyte and from the granulosa cells of the corona radiata.
283
Theca Interna and Externa of a Secondary Follicle: The cells of the theca interna will eventually differentiate into endocrine cells and show characteristics of steroid-producing cells. The theca externa consists of a mixture of smooth muscle cells and connective tissue.
285
Corpus Luteum: You do not need to be able to identify theca and granulose lutein cells based on their EM appearances. However, note the difference in their cytoplasmic contents and know their secretory products.
288
Epithelium of the Oviduct: Cilia and their basal bodies are clearly visible in the apical cytoplasm of the ciliated cells. Note short microvilli on the non-ciliated secretory cells.
Female Reproductive System 2:Uterus, Cervix, Vagina
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Uterus, stage between proliferative and secretory, H&E, 20X (mucosa = endometrium [at right], glands, coiled or spiral arteries, myometrium [middle], smooth muscle, perimetrium = connective tissue and serosa [peritoneum] [at left]).
244
Uterus, proliferative stage, H&E, 40X (another example, coiled or spiral arteries).
245-1
Uterus, secretory stage, H&E, 40X (endometrium with secretory glands, coiled or spiral arteries).
245-2
Uterus, menstrual stage, H&E 40X (stratum functionalis sloughing off, heavy lymphocytic infiltration).

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