Connie E. Poon

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The non-receptive uterine luminal epithelium forms an intact polarised epithelial barrier that is refractory to blastocyst invasion. During implantation, organised dismantling of this barrier leads to a receptive state promoting blastocyst attachment. Claudins are tight junction proteins that increase in the uterine epithelium at the time of implantation.(More)
At the time of implantation, uterine luminal epithelial cells undergo a dramatic change in all plasma membrane domains. Changes in the basolateral plasma membrane at the time of implantation include progression from smooth to highly tortuous, as well as a loss of integrin-based focal adhesions. Another aspect of the basolateral plasma membrane that has not(More)
The non-receptive uterine luminal epithelium forms a polarised epithelial barrier, protective against potential pathogenic assault from the external environment and invasion by the blastocyst. However, during the window of implantation, the uterine luminal epithelial cells (UECs) transition to a receptive state by dismantling many of their intercellular and(More)
The plasma membrane of uterine epithelial cells undergoes a number of changes during early pregnancy. The changes in the basolateral membrane at the time of implantation in particular change from being smooth to highly tortuous in morphology, along with a dramatic increase in the number of morphological caveolae at this time. The major protein of caveolar(More)
The glycocalyx of the uterine luminal epithelium in the rat undergoes considerable reduction before implantation. In particular, the reduction of some mucins is necessary to facilitate blastocyst adhesion and subsequent implantation. The present study investigated the localisation, abundance and hormonal control of two mucin proteins, Muc13 and Muc15, in(More)
Uterine luminal epithelial cells (UECs) undergo the plasma membrane transformation in the transition to receptivity. This involves transient alterations in the apical junctional complex (AJC) including increases to the depth and complexity of the tight junction, loss of the adherens junction, and a decrease in the number of desmosomes along the lateral cell(More)
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