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Figure 4

From: Postpartum breast involution reveals regression of secretory lobules mediated by tissue-remodeling

Figure 4

Lobular differences in nulliparous and parous breast tissue. A. Significant differences in proliferative index using Ki-67 between breast lobules of nulliparous (N) (green), pregnant (Preg) (gray) and parous >10 year (purple) women. Lobules of Nulliparous and parous >10 years are different from Preg lobules (*P <0.0001). The inset shows there is a significant decrease in proliferative capacity in parous breast lobules when compared to Nulliparous breast lobules (**P = 0.030). B. Lobule count data show an increase in number of lobules per unit area in >2 years postpartum when compared to the Nulliparous breast tissue (*P = 0.04). C. The average area of type 1 lobules is significantly increased in Nulliparous breast tissue compared to type 1 lobules in >2 years postpartum breast issue (*P = 0.04). D. No significant differences were noted on comparing the acinar count of type 1 lobules between the Nulliparous and >2 years postpartum breast tissue (P = 0.66). E. The H & E stained images show Nulliparous breast tissue with a reduced number of lobules per area and larger size type 1 lobules when compared to >2 years postpartum breast tissue (Scale bar = 30 μm). All error bars represent standard error of the mean (SEM).

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