F.colour SEM of the uterine lining, endometrium

F.colour SEM of the uterine lining, endometrium

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This image is part of the feature Landscapes Of The Human Body

Credit: PROF. P. MOTTA/DEPT. OF ANATOMY/UNIVERSITY "LA SAPIENZA", ROME/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: False-colour scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the internal wall of the uterus, the endometrium, during the secretory phase. The endometrium consists of a ciliated epithelium, yellow at top centre, supported by a connective tissue stroma (purple) which contains many tubular glands. These glands have produced the yellow-orange granules of mucus, composed of proteins and sugars, which represent the nutritive elements for a possible fertilised ovum. The secretory phase is triggered during the ovarian cycle by the hormones oestrogen and progesterone which are secreted by the ovary. Magnification: x1285 at 6x7cm size.

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Keywords: anatomy, endometrium, epithelium, female, human body, mucus, reproduction, reproductive system, secretory phase, uterine lining, uterus

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