A relatively simple perfusion technique of human placenta has been applied to the study of secretory proteins. Preferential secretion into the maternal circulation of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), human chorionic somatomammotropin (HCS), follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), and placental alkaline phosphatase has been demonstrated, contrasting with the bidirectional secretion of progesterone. Evidence is presented for the net synthesis of HCS during perfusion. The technique offers advantages in the study of synthesis and secretion of placental materials.
- Human placenta
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Developmental Biology