Albumin outflow into deep cervical lymph from different regions of rabbit brain

Am J Physiol. 1991 Oct;261(4 Pt 2):H1197-204. doi: 10.1152/ajpheart.1991.261.4.H1197.


Dynamics and pathways of 125I-labeled albumin (RISA) outflow from brain to deep cervical lymph have been studied in anesthetized rabbits between 4 and 25 h after microinjection of 1 microliter RISA into the internal capsule or midbrain. Lymph from the jugular lymph trunks was collected for periods of 2-11 h. RISA was cleared from brain with half-times of disappearance from internal capsule and midbrain of 18.2 and 11.9 h, respectively. RISA was distributed in high concentration to subarachnoid arteries that supplied the tissue injection site; this was consistent with RISA drainage from brain via perivascular spaces. Outflow through lymph rose to a maximum value 15-20 h after tracer injection. Mean recovery of RISA from lymph over the 25-h collection period accounted for 22% of total loss from internal capsule and 18% from midbrain. This result compares with mean recoveries from caudate nucleus and cerebrospinal fluid of 47% and 30%, respectively [M.W.B. Bradbury, H.F. Cserr, and R.J. Westrop, Am. J. Physiol. 240 (Renal Fluid Electrolyte Physiol. 9): F329-F336, 1981]. These are minimal estimates of total outflow to lymph because of the 15- to 20-h delay in RISA passage from brain to lymph.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Brain / metabolism*
  • Cerebral Arteries
  • Iodine Radioisotopes
  • Lymph / metabolism*
  • Lymph Nodes / metabolism
  • Male
  • Neck
  • Osmolar Concentration
  • Rabbits
  • Serum Albumin / cerebrospinal fluid
  • Serum Albumin / pharmacokinetics*


  • Iodine Radioisotopes
  • Serum Albumin