The vast volumes of soft connective tissue, previously thought to be nothing more than a “layer” between the main organs in the human body, can itself be a single huge organ. With unknown functions so far – researcher and pathologist Nile Teis found a fundamental error in previous works with connective tissue. And he suggested investigating the newly discovered “interstitium” in new ways.
Teiz looked at the connective tissue in the living body with the help of a microcamera during a typical endoscopic procedure and discovered a huge unknown hitherto structure. This vast space between the organs, which has a cellular architecture of collagen bridges, and it is filled with fluid that flows through the interstitium. Formally, this mass fills the voids between the organs and serves as a damper, protection under external influences. But other previously unknown processes occur in the interstitium.
When scientists studied connective tissue in earlier years, they took fragments that quickly died outside the main organ. The liquid flowed out, the lintels were collapsing – a loose mass was obtained, in which one could not discern the former essence. Now, Thais suggests studying interstitiality in a living form, which is more complicated, but no less important and interesting.
Scientists are moved not only by the curiosity of the discoverer. For example, a hypothesis has already been put forward that cancer cells can travel with interstitial fluid flows. This would explain why in some cases the rate of spread of cancerous foci is so great, and they appear where they are not expected at all. And if you take samples of fluid interstitium, you can identify cancer at the earliest stages.js.src = “&version=v2.8”; 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));