The International Journal of Developmental Biology

Volume 54 > Issue 2-3 (Special Issue)

Cover Vol. 54 N. 2-3


Edited by: Joan S. Hunt and Kent L. Thornburg

Cover Legend

Nine week-old miscarried human embryo, illustrating the intimate placenta-embryo relation. Photograph by Lennart Nilsson. Reproduced with permission from Lennart Nilsson Photography AB.




Joan S. Hunt and Kent L. Thornburg

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2010) 54: 227-229

A dialogue with Allen Enders

Contemporary comparative placenta research - an interview with Allen Enders

Kent L. Thornburg and Joan S. Hunt

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2010) 54: 231-236

Historical perspectives

Some historical aspects of understanding placental development, structure and function

Lawrence D. Longo and Lawrence P. Reynolds

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2010) 54: 237-255

Sir Joseph Barcroft, Cambridge placental and fetal research (1933-1966) and inter-generational Science

Robert Boyd and C.A. Richard Boyd

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2010) 54: 257-268


Critical growth factors and signalling pathways controlling human trophoblast invasion

Martin Knöfler

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2010) 54: 269-280

Immune cells in the placental bed

Judith N. Bulmer, Paula J. Williams and Gendie E. Lash

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2010) 54: 281-294

Endometrial responses to embryonic signals in the primate

Prajna Banerjee and Asgerally T. Fazleabas

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2010) 54: 295-302

The influence of the intrauterine environment on human placental development

Graham J. Burton, Eric Jauniaux and D. Stephen Charnock-Jones

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2010) 54: 303-311

Local regulation of implantation at the human fetal-maternal interface

Evdokia Dimitriadis, Guiying Nie, Natalie J. Hannan, Premila Paiva and Lois A. Salamonsen

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2010) 54: 313-322

Placental development, differentiation and function

Developmental cell biology of human villous trophoblast: current research problems

John D. Aplin

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2010) 54: 323-329

Shear stress regulation of nitric oxide production in uterine and placental artery endothelial cells: experimental studies and hemodynamic models of shear stresses on endothelial cells

Benjamin Sprague, Naomi C. Chesler and Ronald R. Magness

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2010) 54: 331-339

Development and function of trophoblast giant cells in the rodent placenta

Dong Hu and James C. Cross

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2010) 54: 341-354

Uteroplacental vascular development and placental function: an update

Lawrence P. Reynolds, Pawel P. Borowicz, Joel S. Caton, Kimberly A. Vonnahme, Justin S. Luther, David S. Buchanan, Shireen A. Hafez, Anna T. Grazul-Bilska and Dale A. Redmer

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2010) 54: 355-365

Receptor-mediated uptake and transport of macromolecules in the human placenta

Henning Schneider and Richard K. Miller

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2010) 54: 367-375

Fetal impact


Placental nutrient supply and fetal growth

Michelle Desforges and Colin P. Sibley

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2010) 54: 377-390

The placenta in the integrated physiology of fetal volume control

J. Job Faber and Debra F. Anderson

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2010) 54: 391-396

Estrogen regulation of placental angiogenesis and fetal ovarian development during primate pregnancy

Eugene D. Albrecht and Gerald J. Pepe

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2010) 54: 397-407

Placental metabolic reprogramming: do changes in the mix of energy-generating substrates modulate fetal growth?

Nicholas P. Illsley, Isabella Caniggia and Stacy Zamudio

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2010) 54: 409-419

Maternal-placental immunology

The hidden maternal-fetal interface: events involving the lymphoid organs in maternal-fetal tolerance

Elizabeth S. Taglauer, Kristina M. Adams Waldorf and Margaret G. Petroff

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2010) 54: 421-430

On the role of placental major histocompatibility complex and decidual leukocytes in implantation and pregnancy success using non-human primate models

Thaddeus G. Golos, Gennadiy I. Bondarenko, Svetlana V. Dambaeva, Edith E. Breburda, and Maureen Durning

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2010) 54: 431-443

Split immunological tolerance to trophoblast

Amanda de Mestre, Leela Noronha, Bettina Wagner and Douglas F. Antczak

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2010) 54: 445-455

Immunoregulatory molecules in human placentas: potential for diverse roles in pregnancy

Joan S. Hunt, Judith L. Pace and Ryan M. Gill

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2010) 54: 457-467

The placenta and disease

In preeclampsia, the placenta grows slowly along its minor axis

Eero Kajantie, Kent L. Thornburg, Johan G.Eriksson, Clive Osmond and David J.P. Barker

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2010) 54: 469-473

Trisomy 21- affected placentas highlight prerequisite factors for human trophoblast fusion and differentiation

André Malassiné, Jean-Louis Frendo and Danièle Evain-Brion

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2010) 54: 475-482

Comparative placentation

Placentation in mammals once grouped as insectivores

Anthony M. Carter and Allen C. Enders

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2010) 54: 483-493

Trophoblast phagocytic program: roles in different placental systems

Estela Bevilacqua, Mara-Sandra Hoshida, Andrea Amarante-Paffaro, Andrea Albieri-Borges and Sara Zago-Gomes

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2010) 54: 495-505

A three-way conversation: maternal/placetal/fetal

Gene expression in the placenta: maternal stress and epigenetic responses

Ciprian P. Gheorghe, Ravi Goyal, Ashwani Mittal and Lawrence D. Longo

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2010) 54: 507-523

The surface area of the placenta and hypertension in the offspring in later life

David J.P. Barker, Kent L. Thornburg, Clive Osmond, Eero Kajantie and Johan G. Eriksson

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2010) 54: 525-530

Naturally acquired microchimerism

Hilary S. Gammill and J. Lee Nelson

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2010) 54: 531-543

Role of fetal membranes in signaling of fetal maturation and parturition

Leslie Myatt and Kang Sun

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2010) 54: 545-553