Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Robert S. Robinson, Kathryn J. Woad
    Pages 1-21
  3. Kiyoshi Okuda, Ryo Nishimura
    Pages 23-36
  4. Holly A. LaVoie
    Pages 37-55
  5. Robert Rekawiecki, Magdalena K. Kowalik, Jan Kotwica
    Pages 79-97
  6. Koumei Shirasuna, Akio Miyamoto
    Pages 99-116
  7. Paula Accialini, Silvia F. Hernandez, Dalhia Abramovich, Marta Tesone
    Pages 117-131
  8. Rina Meidan, Eliezer Girsh, Roni Mamluk, Nitzan Levy, Svetlana Farberov
    Pages 159-182
  9. Richard L. Stouffer, Jon D. Hennebold
    Pages 183-204
  10. Thomas R. Hansen, Rebecca Bott, Jared Romero, Alfredo Antoniazzi, John S. Davis
    Pages 205-225
  11. Adam J. Ziecik, Emilia Przygrodzka, Monika M. Kaczmarek
    Pages 227-248
  12. W. Colin Duncan
    Pages 249-275
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 277-283

About this book


​This book describes the life cycle of a unique endocrine gland that is absolutely essential for the establishment and maintenance of pregnancy in all mammalian species. The corpus luteum is unique because it is formed and destroyed every (non-fertile) reproductive cycle. When fertilization occurs, the corpus luteum is rescued or maintained. The processes that control corpus luteum formation, demise (luteolysis), or maintenance are just beginning to be unraveled in recent years; they involve diverse cell types and mechanisms. Some of these processes resemble tumor development—angiogenesis, for instance—but interestingly enough, this resemblance is only up to a point. The corpus luteum uses mechanisms that allow its normal, physiological growth and disappearance. Pulling together key research on the corpus luteum, this volume is of interest to both reproductive endocrinologists and comparative physiologists, with clinical relevance spanning comparative animal studies to women's health.


Angiogenesis CL Corpus luteum formation Fertilization Luteolysis Women's health

Editors and affiliations

  • Rina Meidan
    • 1
  1. 1.The Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture Food and Environment Department of Animal SciencesThe Hebrew University of JerusalemRehovotIsrael

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-43236-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-43238-0
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