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BACKGROUND Corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) and its receptors have been identified in female reproductive tissues. CRH regulates follicular maturation, ovulation, luteolysis and steroidgenesis. A CRH-related peptide stresscopin (SCP), or urocortin III (Ucn3), has recently been identified, but its functions in the ovary remain to be elucidated. In the(More)
Corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) takes a role in the regulation of the onset of parturition. Stresscopin (SCP) is a high affinity ligand for CRH receptor (CRHR)-2. CRHR-2 inhibits VEGF-induced neovascularization. In the present study, we investigated the effects of CRH and SCP on VEGF expression in early placental extravillous trophoblasts (EVTs).(More)
Development of ovarian follicles is regulated by pituitary-derived gonadotropins together with local ovarian paracrine factors. Based on DNA microarray data, we performed RT-PCR and immunostaining to demonstrate the expression of interleukin 7 transcripts in oocytes of preantral, antral, and preovulatory follicles in rats. We also found the expression of(More)
Relaxin promotes softening of the uterine cervix and inhibits uterine contractility in rats, mice and pigs. Little information, however, is available about the role of relaxin in humans. In 2002, LGR7 and LGR8 were discovered to be receptors for relaxin and those receptors were identified in the human placenta. Thus, in this study, effects of recombinant H2(More)
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