Structural and functional properties of the corpus luteum of pregnancy.

  title={Structural and functional properties of the corpus luteum of pregnancy.},
  author={Heywood R. Sawyer},
  journal={Journal of reproduction and fertility. Supplement},
In domestic ruminants the parenchyma of the corpus luteum consists of two subpopulations of steroidogenic cells commonly referred to as small and large luteal cells. These cells differ not only in size and structural characteristics, but also in functional properties. During the mid-luteal phase of the oestrous cycle approximately 60% of the corpus luteum is occupied by steroidogenic cells. Although the steroidogenic capacity of these cells declines as pregnancy advances, the cells persist as… CONTINUE READING

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