Nucleoside Phosphatases of Fetal and Maternal Blood Cells: Electron Microscope Study

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Science  22 Oct 1965:
Vol. 150, Issue 3695, pp. 503-504
DOI: 10.1126/science.150.3695.503


Surface membranes of the blood cells located within the maternal blood sinuses of the rat placenta contain reaction products of nucleoside phosphatases. Fetal blood cells separated from maternal blood by the placental labyrinth show no activity during normal or prolonged gestation. Neonatal blood cells examined 34 hours after parturition show these enzyme activities.