Ultrastructure of smooth muscle tissue in the female reproductive tract: uterus and oviduct

  • Shingo Fujii
  • Ikuo Konishi
  • Hidetaka Katabuchi
  • Hitoshi Okamura
Part of the Electron Microscopy in Biology and Medicine book series (EMBM, volume 8)


The uterus is a hollow organ consisting of an upper, primarily muscular part, the corpus uteri, and a lower part, predominantly connective tissue, the cervix. The oviducts open into the upper and lateral angles of the uterus, constituting a conduit between the endometrial and peritoneal cavities. The body of the uterus is composed of three layers of smooth muscle cells (myometrium): outer and inner longitudinal layers and a circular intermediate layer accompanied by a rich vasculature between the layers (1). The oviduct is also composed of three layers of smooth muscle cells (myosalpinx), as well as the myometrium, but on the whole, the muscle elements are thinner than those of the uterus.


Smooth Muscle Cell Female Genital Tract Cytoplasmic Organelle Free Ribosome Uterine Smooth Muscle 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shingo Fujii
  • Ikuo Konishi
  • Hidetaka Katabuchi
  • Hitoshi Okamura
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics & GynecologyKumamoto University Medical SchoolKumamoto CityJapan

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