, Volume 40, Issue 11, pp 1264–1266 | Cite as

Fluid and protein clearance in the rat endometrium. Part II: Ultrastructural evidence for the presence of alternative, non-lymphatic clearance mechanisms in the rat endometrium

  • F. J. Cornillie
  • J. M. Lauweryns
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In the rat endometrium, resident macrophages and exudate phagocytes ensure proteolysis by means of phagocytosis, macro-and micropinocytosis. Using exogenous tracer particles no ultrastructural evidence could be obtained for the occurrence of endometrial prelymphatics. It is suggested that the free tissue fluid may be drained via the fenestrated (probably venous) blood capillaries.

Key words

Rat, uterus rat, endometrium endometrium, rat uterus, rat microcirculation, endometrial clearance, non-lymphatic fluid-drainage physiology lymph drainage macrophages phagocytes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. J. Cornillie
    • 1
  • J. M. Lauweryns
    • 1
  1. 1.Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven, School of Medicine, Laboratory of HistopathologyLeuven(Belgium)

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