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Macrophages in the Uterus and Placenta

  • J. S. Hunt
  • J. W. Pollard
Part of the Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology book series (CT MICROBIOLOGY, volume 181)

Abstract

Macrophages are abundant in the mesenchymal and connective tissue stroma of the cycling and pregnant uterus, and constitute a significant proportion of the villous or labyrinthine mesenchymal cells in the human and murid placenta. In other contexts, the activities of these multifunctional cells are strongly influenced by regulatory molecules such as steroid hormones, polypeptide growth factors, and bioactive lipids. All of these are present at particularly high concentrations in the pregnant uterus and placenta. Thus, uterine and placental macrophages stimulated by endogenous factors could contribute to the complex cellular and molecular interactions that result in successful pregnancy.

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Human Placenta Decidual Cell Endometrial Stromal Cell Mouse Uterus Uterine Epithelial Cell 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. S. Hunt
    • 1
  • J. W. Pollard
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Pathology and OncologyUniversity of Kansas Medical CenterKansas City, KansasUSA
  2. 2.Department of Developmental Biology and Cancer and Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyAlbert Einstein College of MedicineBronx, New YorkUSA

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