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  • Gap junction protein vital to successful pregnancy, researchers find

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      Illinois veterinary biosciences professor Indrani Bagchi, left, molecular and integrative physiology professor Milan Bagchi and veterinary biosciences doctoral student Mary Laws led the team that discovered that a gap junction protein is critical to a successful pregnancy.

      Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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      Deleting the Cx43 gene in the uterus immediately after pregnancy in mice dramatically reduced blood vessel growth and in most cases prevented successful pregnancy. The image on the left shows normal blood vessel growth in the mouse uterus following pregnancy. On the right, a uterus lacking Cx43.

      Photo courtesy Mary Laws

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