Blood-ovary barrier ??

Steve Scadding scadding at uoguelph.ca
Mon Jan 20 15:19:57 EST 1997


In the testis there is a blood-testis barrier formed by the Sertoli cells 
which prevents the paternal lymphocytes from reaching the developing 
spermatids and mounting an immune reaction against the spermatids.  
Is there a similar barrier in the female which keeps lymphocytes away 
from the oocyte or ootid?  E.g., do the follicle cells form a 
blood-oocyte barrier?

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