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Edström, Karin (2009) The porcine cervix. Other thesis, SLU.

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Abstract

During the oestrous cycle, the porcine cervix undergoes marked macroscopic changes: at oestrus the cervix is firm, and after termination of oestrus it progressively softens. However, little is known about the parallel microscopic changes in the cervix. Therefore, the aim of this study was to examine the histological properties of the epithelium and subepithelial connective tissue of the uterine cervix during oestrus and dioestrus; the morphology of the epithelium and the infiltration of cells of the immune system were described. In addition, the proliferative activities of the epithelium and subepithelial connective tissues were investigated by use of an immunohistochemical method that identifies a nuclear protein (Ki-67) present in proliferating cells only. Six sows, three in oestrus and three in dioestrus, were used for this study. The cervical epithelium was found to vary between simple columnar, pseudostratified and stratified, with mainly stratified epithelium being found at oestrus and mainly simple columnar at dioestrus. No cyclic variations in the number of immune cells in the epithelium of subepithelial connective tissue could be found. Neither could the proliferative activity be proved to change with different stages of the oestrus cycle.

Item Type: Thesis (Other)
Keywords: cervix, porcine, sow, morphology, immune cells, oestrous cycle
Subject (faculty): Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science > Dept. of Anatomy and Physiology
Divisions: SLU > Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
Depositing User: Karin Edström
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2009
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2015 10:13
URI: http://ex-epsilon.slu.se/id/eprint/3222

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