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Table 3 Morphometric parameters and estimations of staining intensity of connective tissue fibers in the medial and adventitial layers of the thoracic aorta

From: Effect of vitamin D on aortic remodeling in streptozotocin-induced diabetes

Parameter Control (n = 10) Diabetes (n = 9) Diabetes + vitamin D (n = 9)
Internal diameter of aorta (mm) 1.40 ± 0.27 1.65 ± 0.18* 1.55 ± 0.21
Thickness of media (μm) 86.41 ± 8.15 79.09 ± 14.61 82.93 ± 11.29
Elastic fibers in media (arbitrary units) 2.44 ± 0.33 1.84 ± 0.33¶;# 2.29 ± 0.26
Collagen fibers in media (arbitrary units) 1.20 ± 0.38 1.38 ± 0.46 1.24 ± 0.41
Collagen fibers in adventitia (arbitrary units) 2.90 ± 0.41 2.56 ± 0.40 2.52 ± 0.43
Elastin/collagen ratio in media (%) 1.72 ± 0.55 1.33 ± 0.43*;# 1.88 ± 0.47
  1. *p < 0.05 vs control; p < 0.01 vs control; #p < 0.05 vs diabetes + vitamin D.