Immunohistochemical and Morphological Observations of Macrophages in the Human Ovary

  • H. Katabuchi
  • Y. Fukumatsu
  • H. Okamura


Macrophages have been identified within the corpus luteum of several species, including human (1–3). In addition to their well recognized phagocytic property, macrophages have been shown to exert other influences in luteal tissue. Recently, Kirsch et al. reported that macrophages secrete substances that stimulate luteal cell progesterone production in the mouse corpus luteum (4), and Halme et al. suggested that peritoneal macrophages may exert luteotropic effects on human granulosa-luteal cells (5).


Lipid Droplet Peritoneal Macrophage Corpus Luteum Cholesterol Crystal Human Ovary 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Katabuchi
    • 1
  • Y. Fukumatsu
    • 1
  • H. Okamura
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical SchoolKumamoto UniversityJapan

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