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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 68  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 159-162

Ultrastructural demonstration of telocytes in human postpartum Fallopian tube


1 Department of Anatomy, Christian Medical College, Vellore, The Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Christian Medical College, Vellore, The Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Suganthy Rabi
Department of Anatomy, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu - 632 002
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/JASI.JASI_40_19

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Introduction: Telocytes are an unique type of cells found in the interstitial tissue of various organs including the female reproductive tract. These cells are recently being implicated in various functions, including tissue repair and regeneration. They are associated with nerve endings, but their association with blood vessels and immune cells has not been established in the Fallopian tube unlike the telocytes seen in the uterus. This study aims to look for the association of telocytes with blood vessels and immune cells in the human postpartum Fallopian tube. Material and Methods: Ten postpartum Fallopian tube samples from the ampulla were obtained from the patients who underwent lower segment cesarean section with sterilization by the modified Pomeroy's technique. The samples were processed for electron microscopy and studied under a transmission electron microscope. Results: The human postpartum Fallopian tube showed increased microvasculature. Telocytes were found to be located in the mucosal and the muscular layers of the human postpartum Fallopian tube, predominantly in the subepithelial layer of the lamina propria. They were seen in association with blood vessels, especially high endothelial venules and immune cells such as mast cell and lymphocytes. Discussion and Conclusion: Telocytes seen in association with the blood vessels, especially high endothelial venules and immune cells in the human postpartum Fallopian tube suggest their probable role in the complex interplay in the immune tolerance and immune surveillance of the postpartum Fallopian tube.


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