LYMPHSPIRATION: ARE THERE LYMPHATIC VESSELS IN THE PLACENTA?
- C Bellini
- M Rutigliani
- F Boccardo
- C Campisi
- T Bellini
- E Bonioli
- E Fulcheri
The role of lymphatics in placentation has been scantily studied and the true existence of placental lymphatics is under debate. Numerous blood and lymphatic-lineage molecule markers are now available and they are expressed in human placental tissue. D2-40 expression at the placental stromal level seems to indicate that network forming, podoplanin-expressing cells may act as a reticular-lymphatic-like conductive network. This exciting area at the intersection of perinatology and lymphology needs further investigation.
Keywords: placenta, lymphatics, immunohistochemistry, D2-40 podoplanin
How to Cite:
Bellini, C. & Rutigliani, M. & Boccardo, F. & Campisi, C. & Bellini, T. & Bonioli, E. & Fulcheri, E., (2012) “LYMPHSPIRATION: ARE THERE LYMPHATIC VESSELS IN THE PLACENTA?”, Lymphology 45(1), 34-36.