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Fetoplacental Hormones and Human Gestation

  • Egon Diczfalusy
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series (BLSC, volume 4)

Abstract

The history of the subject to be discussed goes back more than 70 years in time to 1903, when Bouin and Ancel first postulated that the testes of the human fetus exert an endocrine function. Two years later, another revolutionary concept was advanced by Halban (1905), that the human placenta functions as a temporary endocrine gland during gestation. Since then, a great deal of information has been accumulated on the complex hormonal changes taking place in human gestation. However, the raison d’être for these changes and the regulatory mechanisms governing them are still incompletely comprehended.

Keywords

Human Placenta Human Pregnancy Diamine Oxidase Dehydroepiandrosterone Sulfate Placental Function 
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  • Egon Diczfalusy
    • 1
  1. 1.Reproductive Endocrinology Research Unit, Karolinska SjukhusetSwedish Medical Research CouncilStockholmSweden

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