Are there lymphatic vessels in the placenta?

Carlo Bellini, M. Rutigliani, F. Boccardo, C. Campisi, T. Bellini, E. Bonioli, E. Fulcheri

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The role of lymphatics in placentation has been scantily studied and the true existence of placental lymphatics is under debate. Numerous blood and lymphatic-lineage molecule markers are now available and they are expressed in human placental tissue. D2-40 expression at the placental stromal level seems to indicate that network-forming, podoplanin-expressing cells may act as a reticular-lymphatic-like conductive network. This exciting area at the intersection of perinatology and lymphology needs further investigation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-36
Number of pages3
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012


  • Immunohistochemistry, D2-40 podoplanin
  • Lymphatics
  • Placenta

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Hematology


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