The formation of the allantoic placenta in the golden hamster (Mesocricetus auratus)

Research paper by H. Butler

Indexed on: 01 Mar '70Published on: 01 Mar '70Published in: Anatomy and embryology


The processes of attachment, implantation and placentation in the golden hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) have been re-examined. Blastocyst attachment occurs at 4.0 days P.C. and complete interstitial implantation is attained by 5.5 days P.C. At 6.15 days P.C. the trophoblast of the träger breaks into the uterine lumen which becomes filled with blood clot. The advancing träger uses this blood clot as a bridge to reach the decidua basalis, lying on the opposite side of the uterine cavity, at 8.5 days P.C. Thus the uterine lumen becomes obliterated opposite each conceptus by the formation of the allantoic placentas which are vascularised by 8.5 days P.C. Non-glandular extensions of the glandular interlocular lumina penetrate between the decidua capsularis and the muscularis of the antimesometrial wall of the uterus from the 8th day P.C. onwards. On the 14th day P.C. the parietal wall of the yolk sac and its thin covering layer of decidua capsularis disappear to form a completely inverted yolk sac placenta. This places the yolk sac cavity in continuity with the non-glandular extensions of the uterine lumen and re-establishes complete continuity of the uterine lumen.