NK Cells and Trophoblasts : Partners in Pregnancy

  title={NK Cells and Trophoblasts : Partners in Pregnancy},
  author={Peter Parham},
In placental mammals, viviparity—the production of living young within the mother’s body—evolved under the auspices of the immune system. Elements of immunity were incorporated, giving pregnancy a mildly inflammatory character. Formation of the placenta, the organ that feeds the fetus, involves a cooperation between maternal natural killer (NK) cells and fetal trophoblast cells that remodels the blood supply. Recent research reveals that this process and human reproductive success are… CONTINUE READING

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