Send to

Choose Destination
Placenta. 1991 Jan-Feb;12(1):15-26.

Localization of three subtypes of Fc gamma receptors in human placenta by immunohistochemical analysis.

Author information

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Osaka University Medical School, Japan.


We investigated the localization of the three subtypes of (Fc gamma R) in the normal human placenta using immunohistochemical and immunocytochemical techniques with specific monoclonal antibodies. The analysis revealed that Fc gamma RI was expressed on Hofbauer cells, that Fc gamma RII was expressed on Hofbauer cells and endothelial cells of fetal vessels, while Fc gamma RIII was expressed on trophoblasts, especially syncytiotrophoblasts. Moreover, we demonstrated that the expression of Fc gamma RI and Fc gamma RII on Hofbauer cells and endothelial cells of the fetal vessels in the 1st trimester placenta was different from that in the 3rd trimester placenta. These results, therefore, indicate that the three subtypes of Fc gamma R in the human placenta may contribute to maintenance of placental functions, because each Fc gamma R molecule displays unique biological functions similar to those on leukocytes.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Elsevier Science
Loading ...
Support Center