Endocytic and Transcytotic Processes in Villous Syncytiotrophoblast: Role in Nutrient Transport to the Human Fetus

@article{Fuchs2004EndocyticAT,
  title={Endocytic and Transcytotic Processes in Villous Syncytiotrophoblast: Role in Nutrient Transport to the Human Fetus},
  author={R. Fuchs and I. Ellinger},
  journal={Traffic},
  year={2004},
  volume={5}
}
The supply of nutrients to the developing fetus is a major function of the human hemochorial placenta, a placenta type in which the fetal chorion is in direct contact with the maternal blood. At term, nutrients have to be transported across two cell layers in chorionic villi, the syncytiotrophoblast (STB) and fetal endothelial cells. The STB is a continuous syncytium covering the entire surface of chorionic villi. This polarized epithelium is specialized in exchange processes and membrane… Expand
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