Woman and hepatic lobules
Illustration of a woman with various organs and a schematic drawing of a liver lobule. The woman's digestive tract, liver, stomach, small intestine, colon, circulatory system (heart) and immune system (nasal mucosa) are depicted. The hepatic lobule is a functional unit of the liver. The central vein (blue) is in the center. The borders are formed by three Glisson's trias (branches of the portal vein, the hepatic arter, and an interlobular bile duct) and connective tissue septa. The blood flows from the portal vein and hepatic artery through the liver sinusoids to the central vein. During the passage, substances which will later form the bile are filtered. The bile flows from the central vein to the Glisson`s trias through so-called Hering`s canaliculi. The microscopic picture only shows one liver cell, with smallest little green bile canliculi on the sides.