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Placental Syncytium Forms a Biophysical Barrier against Pathogen Invasion

  • Author(s): Maltepe, Emin
  • Bakardjiev, Anna
  • Zeldovich, VB
  • Clausen, CH
  • Bradford, E
  • Fletcher, DA
  • Robbins, JR
  • Bakardjiev, AI
  • et al.

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http://europepmc.org/articles/PMC3861541?pdf=render
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Abstract

Fetal syncytiotrophoblasts form a unique fused multinuclear surface that is bathed in maternal blood, and constitutes the main interface between fetus and mother. Syncytiotrophoblasts are exposed to pathogens circulating in maternal blood, and appear to ha

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