Hofbauer Cells

  • M. Castellucci
  • P. Kaufmann


It is now generally considered that Hofbauer cells are fetal tissue macrophages of the human placenta. Statements concerning their macrophage character are based on morphological, cytochemi-cal, histochemical, immunological, and immuno-histochemical studies (for reviews see Bourne, 1962; Boyd & Hamilton, 1970; Castellucci & Zac-cheo, 1989). Here, we review the main aspects of these cells.


Human Placenta Mononuclear Phagocyte Chorionic Villus Human Cord Blood Intracytoplasmic Vacuole 
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