Placenta as a Source of Stem Cells and as a Key Organ for Fetomaternal Tolerance

  • Ornella Parolini
  • Maddalena Soncini


The placenta encloses the very beginnings of the mystery of life, but discloses an ever-increasing amount of information toward our understanding not only of cell development, maturation, and differentiation, but to an even greater extent, the fundamental mechanisms of immunological tolerance.


Mesenchymal Stromal Cell Fetal Cell Human Amniotic Membrane Amniotic Cavity Intervillous Space 
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The authors express their gratitude to Marco Evangelista for his invaluable help in the revision of this book chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centro di Ricerca E. MenniFondazione Poliambulanza – Istituto OspedalieroBresciaItaly

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