Impact of fetal-maternal microchimerism on women's health--a review.

@article{Lapaire2007ImpactOF,
  title={Impact of fetal-maternal microchimerism on women's health--a review.},
  author={Olav Lapaire and Irene Mathilde Hoesli and Rosanna A. Zanetti-D{\"a}llenbach and Dorothy Jane Huang and Carmen Jaeggi and Susanne Gatfield-Mergenthaler and Sinuhe Hahn and Wolfgang Holzgreve},
  journal={The journal of maternal-fetal & neonatal medicine : the official journal of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine, the Federation of Asia and Oceania Perinatal Societies, the International Society of Perinatal Obstetricians},
  year={2007},
  volume={20 1},
  pages={1-5}
}
Microchimerism is defined by the presence of circulating cells, bi-directionally transferred from one genetically distinct individual to another. It occurs either physiologically during pregnancy, or iatrogenically after blood transfusion and organ transplants. The migrated cells may persist for decades. Much controversy exists around the role of microchimeric cells in the pathogenesis of various diseases and around their role in tissue repair. Microchimerism has been investigated in different… CONTINUE READING

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