Lamellar body phospholipid content of amniotic fluid: a possible index of fetal lung maturity.

@article{Duckchong1979LamellarBP,
  title={Lamellar body phospholipid content of amniotic fluid: a possible index of fetal lung maturity.},
  author={Coral G Duck-chong},
  journal={Annals of clinical biochemistry},
  year={1979},
  volume={16 4},
  pages={191-6}
}
Lamellar bodies, produced by secretory cells in the alveolar epithelium, are the major source of surfactant phospholipid. As the fetal lung matures, the membranous content of the lamellar bodies is secreted into the alveolar spaces and passes into the amniotic fluid, from which it can be isolated in a morphologically recognisable form. A method is described for the rapid isolation of a lamellar body fraction from amniotic fluid using a small air-driven clinical ultracentrifuge. The lamellar… CONTINUE READING

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