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TitleBiology of the Uterus [electronic resource] / edited by Ralph M. Wynn, William P. Jollie
ImprintBoston, MA : Springer US, 1989
Edition Second Edition
Connect tohttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4684-5589-2
Descript 644p. online resource

SUMMARY

Almost a quarter of a century has elapsed since Cellular Biology of the Uterus, the predecessor of the present volume, was planned. During that period, especially in the decade since the publication of the last edition of Biology of the Uterus, new information in the field has been so voluminous as to require major revisions of most of the chapters, the addition of several new chapters, and the collaboration of a second editor to facilitate the selection of appropriate experts as authors. As in prior editions, a balance has been struck between classical biology and modem biochemistry and biophysics. The inclusion of basic histological and embryoยญ logical information provides a necessary, though often lacking, background for the protein chemist and molecular biologist and a bridge between the cell biologist and clinician. Thus, major practical problems in human reproduction, such as the genesis of endometrial carcinoma and the cause of the initiation of labor, may be approached on a firm scientific footing. The current edition deals primarily with the biology of the uterus itself (comparative and human) rather than placentation or pregnancy and thus is a synthesis of data derived from many techniques, both conventional and modem. As it is clearly beyond the competence of anyone scientist to prepare such a text on the basis of personal knowledge and experience, the aid of 22 distinguished scientists was enlisted


CONTENT

1 History -- 1. Greece -- 2. Alexandria -- 3. Rome -- 4. The โ{128}{156}Dark Agesโ{128}{157} -- 5. Renaissance -- 6. Seventeenth to Early Twentieth Centuries -- 7. Contemporary -- 8. References -- 2 Comparative Anatomy -- 1. Types of Uteri -- 2. Distribution and Probable Evolution of Uterine Types -- 3. Correlations of Uterine Types with Other Biological Features -- 4. Miscellaneous Aspects of the Comparative Morphology of the Uterus -- 5. Summary and Conclusions -- 6. References -- 7. Bibliography -- 3 Prenatal Human Development -- 1. Urinary Preliminaries -- 2. The Paramesonephric Ducts -- 3. The Vaginal Controversy -- 4. The Fetal Uterus -- 5. The Second Half of Prenatal Life -- 6. References -- 4 Vascular Anatomy -- 1. Basic Aspects of Architecture and Physiology of Uterine Arteries -- 2. Interaction of Trophoblast and Decidua -- 5 Vascular Physiology of the Nonpregnant Uterus -- 1. Fundamental Characteristics of the Uterine Vasculature -- 2. Uterine Blood Flow during the Ovarian Cycle -- 3. Mediators of Estrogen-Induced Vasodilatation -- 4. Responses of the Nonplacental Uterine Vasculature during Pregnancy -- 5. Conclusion -- 6. References -- 6 Cellular Biochemistry of the Endometrium -- 1. Methodological Comments -- 2. Intracellular Constituents -- 4. Extracellular Matrix -- 5. Secretory Components -- 6. Concluding Remarks -- 7. References -- 7 Cell Biology of the Endometrium -- 1. Mechanism of Hormone Action -- 2. Steroid Receptors -- 3. References -- 8 The Endometrium of Delayed and Early Implantation -- 1. Marsupials -- 2. Roe Deer -- 3. Armadillos -- 4. Insectivores and Chiroptera -- 5. Carnivores -- 6. Rodents -- 7. Nonhuman Primates -- 8. Discussion -- 9. References -- 9 The Implantation Reaction -- 1. Adhesion -- 2. Vascular Permeability -- 3. The Decidual Cell Reaction -- 4. Epithelial Cell Loss -- 5. References -- 10 Regeneration in the Primate Uterus: The Role of Stem Cells -- 1. Endometriectomy and the Location of the Endometrial Stem Cells -- 2. Compartmentalization of the Primate Endometrium -- 3. Zonation of the Primate Endometrium -- 4. Cyclic Changes in Endometrial Zonal Uptake of [3H]Thymidine -- 5. Hypothesis: Cyclic Endometrial Renewal in Menstruating Primates -- 6. References -- 11 The Human Endometrium: Cyclic and Gestational Changes -- 1. Histology -- 2. Ultrastructure -- 3. Clinical Correlations -- 4. Structural Vascular Changes in Normal and Hypertensive Pregnancies -- 12 Endometrial Hyperplasia and Neoplasia -- 1. Laboratory Evidence -- 2 Clinical Evidence -- 3. Coexistent Association -- 4. Clinical Implications of the Two-Disease Concept -- 5. References -- 13 Biochemistry of the Myometrium and Cervix -- 1. The Structure of the Myometrium -- 2. Calcium and Contractile Regulation -- 3. Regulation of Transmembrane Ca2+ Fluxes -- 4. Contractile Proteins of the Myometrium -- 5. Regulation of Myometrial Contractility -- 6. Mechanisms of Smooth Muscle Regulation Other Than MLCK -- 7. Integrated Model for Regulation of Smooth Muscle Contractility -- 8. Preterm Birth and Tocolytic Therapy -- 9. Cervix -- 10. References -- 14 Electrophysiological Properties of Uterine Smooth Muscle -- 1. Review of Methodology -- 2. Ionic Distribution as the Basis of Electrophysiological Phenomena -- 3. Electrical Activity of the Myometrium and Other Mammalian Smooth Muscles -- 4. Summary and Concluding Remarks -- 5. References -- 15 Ultrastructure of the Myometrium -- 1. Cellular Organization of the Myometrium -- 2. Ultrastructure of Myometrial Smooth Muscle Cells -- 3. Gap Junctions and Cell-to-Cell Communication in the Myometrium -- 4. Contractile Mechanism of Myometrial Smooth Muscle Cells -- 5. Conclusion -- 6. References -- 16 Uterine Control of Ovarian Function -- 1. Ovarian Function -- 2. Uterine Function -- 3. Uterine-Ovarian and Conceptus Interaction in Regulation of Ovarian Function -- 4. Luteolytic Actions of the Uterus: Effects of Hysterectomy on Ovarian Function -- 5. Uterine-Ovarian Hormones and Ovarian Function -- 6. Mechanisms of Uterine-Ovarian Interactions in Regulating Ovarian Function -- 7. References -- 17 Endocrine Control of Parturition -- 1. Problems in Understanding Basic Mechanisms of Parturition -- 2. Preparation of the Uterus for Labor: Estrogen -- 3. Uterine Quiescence -- 4. Activators of Uterine Activity -- 5. Cervical Distensibility -- 6. A General Model for Parturition -- 7. Unification of Mechanisms Proposed for Spontaneous Labor Induction -- 8. References


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