Atlas of the Mammalian Ovary

Morphological Dynamics and Potential Role of Innate Immunity

  • Katharina┬áSpanel-Borowski

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About this book


In the era of molecular biology, an atlas that allows a rapid understanding of the complexity of ovarian processes is urgently needed. In this book, the author draws upon her own research, conducted over the past three decades, to provide a unique compilation of high-quality illustrations that offer illuminating insights in a readily accessible form. The ovarian follicles, the corpus luteum, and the interstitial cortex are presented as precisely controlled homeostatic compartments. Physiologic cell death forms and leukocyte subtypes are clearly depicted, and the various steps in the ovulatory process are demonstrated in detail. Further topics addressed include the microvascular bed, the plasticity of intraovarian nerves as part of the remodelling processes in the polycystic and the menopausal ovary, and the role of cytokeratin-positive cells (of steroidogenic or microvascular origin) as messengers of innate immunity. This atlas will be a fascinating and informative resource for both trainees and more experienced professionals.


Corpus luteum Cytokeratin-positive granulosa cells Cytokeratin-positive luteal cells Dendritic cells Follicle stages Follicular atresia Innate immunity Intraovarian-oocyte release Luteolysis Ovulation Preovulatory follicle

Authors and affiliations

  • Katharina┬áSpanel-Borowski
    • 1
  1. 1., Institute of AnatomyUniversity of LeipzigLeipzigGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-30534-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-30535-1
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