Cytoskeletal and Lectin Markers for Cells Cultured from Chorionic Villi and Decidua

  • H. v. Koskull
  • P. Ämmälä
  • P. Aula
  • I. Virtanen


First trimester chorionic villi (CV) biopsy (Hahneman and Mohr 1969) has been reintroduced in prenatal diagnosis as a promising alternative to amniocentesis (Rodeck and Morsman 1983), thereby generating special interest in the cells of CV. In addition to uncultured CV cells, the rapid growth of CV cells in culture makes them another precious source of material which can be used for various determinations (Simoni et al. 1983; Williamson et al. 1981). CV cultures have been extensively studied as to both their morphological and their trophoblastic properties, though often with somewhat contradictory results (Loke 1983). Maternal cell growth is still the most important problem in CV cultures (Martinez et al. 1983; Heaton et al. 1984), thus also making decidual cells in culture a focus of interest.


Intermediate Filament Chorionic Villus Vimentin Expression Decidual Cell Maternal Cell 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. v. Koskull
    • 1
  • P. Ämmälä
    • 1
  • P. Aula
    • 1
  • I. Virtanen
    • 2
  1. 1.J och JJ Krinno-Och FörlossningsklinikenHelsingfors UniversitetscentralsjukhusHelsingfors 29Finland
  2. 2.Department of PathologyUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinki 29Finland

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