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CRYOFRACTURE OF HUMAN TERM AMNIOCHORION

FAWTHROP, R K and OCKLEFORD, C D (1994) CRYOFRACTURE OF HUMAN TERM AMNIOCHORION. Cell and Tissue Research, 277 (2). pp. 315-323. ISSN 0302-766X

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Abstract

By use of cryofracture and scanning electron microscopy of human amniochorion we have captured images of all the major layers of the tissue. Correlation of confocal and electron-microscope data has allowed greater understanding of how these cellular and acellular layers interconnect in order to maintain their integrity as a multilaminar tissue. This is not straightforward as mutual sliding or area change is required of concentric curved surfaces which expand and contract as does the amnion. In this paper we suggest a mechanism by which the amnion is able to slide with respect to the chorion and still maintain continuity as a structural unit. It is based on the observation of complementary gyri and sulci on surfaces facing the spongy layer which is a shear plane. Cellular detail at higher resolution of the amniotic epithelium and acellular layers provides a more complete description of structural composition than was previously available.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Cell and Tissue Research
Uncontrolled Keywords: AMNIOCHORION ; CRYOFRACTURE ; FETAL MEMBRANE RUPTURE ; SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPY ; FETAL MEMBRANES ; DECIDUA ; PLANIMETRY ; HUMAN ; PLACENTAL VILLOUS CORE
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Medicine
ID Code: 49255
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 04 Aug 2011 13:29
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 22:39
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/49255

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