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Ovarian and uterine lymphatic drainage in Australian flying-foxes (genus Pteropus, suborder Megachiroptera).
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7781035     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Ovarian lymphatics of flying-foxes were traced to determine if they could transport hormones directly from ovary to ipsilateral uterine horn, thereby stimulating the localised endometrial growth which is characteristic of these animals. Intra-ovarian injections of ink and serial histological sections did not reveal any such connection. All major ovarian lymphatics and those from the cranial tip of each uterine horn drain cranially, terminating in 1 or 2 lymph nodes lying caudal to the ipsilateral kidney. For much of their course, the major ovarian lymphatics run in the adventitia of the ovarian venous sinus. This sinus encloses the coiled ovarian artery, which provides the major blood supply to the cranial end of the ipsilateral uterine horn. Some fine ovarian lymphatics run in the adventitia of the coiled ovarian artery. The enclosure of the coiled ovarian artery by the ovarian venous drainage is thought to provide the main route for transfer of steroids from ovarian vein to ovarian artery and thence to ipsilateral uterine horn. The ovarian lymphatics described here do not bypass the vascular pathway but provide an additional route for counter- or cross-current transfer of ovarian steroids to the ovarian arterial supply to the uterus.
C S Pow; L Martin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Cell and tissue research     Volume:  280     ISSN:  0302-766X     ISO Abbreviation:  Cell Tissue Res.     Publication Date:  1995 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-07-14     Completed Date:  1995-07-14     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0417625     Medline TA:  Cell Tissue Res     Country:  GERMANY    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  371-81     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, University of Queensland, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Biological Transport
Chiroptera / anatomy & histology*
Gonadal Steroid Hormones / metabolism
Lymphatic System / anatomy & histology*
Microscopy, Electron
Ovary / anatomy & histology*,  blood supply
Uterus / anatomy & histology*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Gonadal Steroid Hormones

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