Ovarian smooth muscle in the human being, rabbit, and cat. Histochemical and electron microscopic study

Hitoshi Okamura, Pramuan Virutamasen, Karen H. Wright, Edward E. Wallach

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Abstract

The nature and distribution of smooth muscle cells in the ovaries of the cat, rabbit, and human being were investigated by both histochemical and electron microscopic studies. In the human ovary, the typical smooth muscle cells are abundant in both the theca externa of the follicle and the cortical stroma. In the rabbit ovary, smooth muscle cells are concentrated in the cortical stroma rather than in the follicle wall. In the cat ovary, the smooth muscle cells cannot be considered typical. The characteristic features of these cells are discussed, and the possible role of ovarian smooth muscle in the ovulatory mechanism is suggested.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)183-191
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican journal of obstetrics and gynecology
Volume112
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 15 1972
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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