Paper - Studies on the human corpus luteum 1

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Adams EC. and Hertig AT. Studies on the human corpus luteum. I. Observations on the ultrastructure of development and regression of the luteal cells during the menstrual cycle. (1969) J Cell Biol. 41(3):696-715. PMID 5768870

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This historic 1969 paper is the first in a series describing the ultrastructure of the corpus luteum.

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Adams EC & Hertig AT. (1969). Studies on the human corpus luteum. I. Observations on the ultrastructure of development and regression of the luteal cells during the menstrual cycle. J. Cell Biol. , 41, 696-715. PMID: 5768870
Adams EC & Hertig AT. (1969). Studies on the human corpus luteum. II. Observations on the ultrastructure of luteal cells during pregnancy. J. Cell Biol. , 41, 716-35. PMID: 5768871

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Studies on the Human Corpus Luteum

Arthur T Hertig
Arthur Tremain Hertig (1904-1990)

I. Observations on the Ultrastructure of Development and Regression of the Luteal Cells during the Menstrual Cycle

Adams EC, Hertig AT.


The ultrastructure of huma corpora luntea obtained approximately 2, 3, 5, 11, and 15 days after ovulation is reported. All specimens were fixed in Karnovsky's formaldehyde-glutaraldehyde solution. The 5-day corpus luteum is presumed to represent, in terms of fine structure, the ultrastructural aspects of high progesterone production and is compared to younger differentiating and older regressing specimens. A distinct topographic relationship of cytoplasmic organelles is noted in the mature 5-day luteal cell. It consists of a peripheral cupshaped mass of tubular ER (endoplasmic reticulum), associated with granular ER, lipid droplets, and mitochondria, which merges with a large paranuclear Golgi area extending to a cell surface bordering a perivascular space. The plasma membrane of active luteal cells is described and its variations suggest areas of specialized surface activities. The prevalence and ultrastructure of more electron-opaque stellate cells, of phagocytes, and of thecal cells are reported.


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