Shifts in Uterine Stromal Cell Populations during Pregnancy and Regression

  • Helen A. Padykula


The blastocyst of primates and rodents interacts directly with the uterine stroma during implantation and placentation to establish critical functional relationships. This confrontation between tissues of two different genotypes is tolerated during normal pregnancy. This phenomenon imparts distinction on the uterine stroma and sets it apart from most stromal compartments in the maternal system, which respond forcefully to allogeneic stimuli. Yet the uterine stroma, except for decidual cells, has been relatively little studied in terms of other cell populations and the nature of the extracellular matrix (ECM).


Collagen Fibril Estrous Cycle Collagen Molecule Collagen Degradation Decidual Cell 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Helen A. Padykula
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnatomyUniversity of Massachusetts Medical SchoolWorcesterUSA

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