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Immunology of the Maternal-Fetal Interface.
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PMID:  23298207     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The immune cells that reside at the interface between the placenta and uterus are thought to play many important roles in pregnancy. Recent work has revealed that the composition and function of these cells is locally controlled by the specialized uterine stroma (the decidua) that surrounds the implanted conceptus. Here, I discuss how key immune cell types (natural killer cells, macrophages, dendritic cells, and T cells) are either enriched or excluded from the decidua, how their function is regulated within the decidua, and how they variously contribute to pregnancy success or failure. The discussion emphasizes the relationship between human and mouse studies. Deeper understanding of the immunology of the maternal-fetal interface promises to yield significant insight into the pathogenesis of many human pregnancy complications, including preeclampsia, intrauterine growth restriction, spontaneous abortion, preterm birth, and congenital infection. Expected final online publication date for the Annual Review of Immunology Volume 31 is March 19, 2013. Please see for revised estimates.
Adrian Erlebacher
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-3
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annual review of immunology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1545-3278     ISO Abbreviation:  Annu. Rev. Immunol.     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-1-9     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8309206     Medline TA:  Annu Rev Immunol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Pathology and NYU Cancer Institute, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY 10016; email:
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