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FOCCHI, Gustavo Rubino de Azevedo et al. Ultrastructural aspects of the remodeling process of the Corpus albicans in the recent postmenopausal period. Sao Paulo Med. J. [online]. 1996, vol.114, n.3, pp.1173-1176. ISSN 1516-3180.

To study the cytophysiology of the Corpus albicans in the recent postmenopausal period, the authors analyzed the ovarian ultrastructure of ten patients submitted to oophorectomy due to non-malignant gynecological diseases. Evidence of a remodeling process with connective tissue substitution of the corpora albicantia was observed. The remodeling process appears to depend on the activity of three essential cell types: the fibroblasts, which provide collagen synthesis; the macrophages, which phagocytize the flaky material; and the myofibroblasts, mainly located in the peripheral region of the corpora albicantia, which may have a retracting action on the remodeling site of the Corpus albicans.

Keywords : Corpus albicans; Menopause; Ultrastructure; Cytophysiology; Remodeling process.

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