Antonina I. Frolova

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Impaired oocyte quality has been demonstrated in diabetic mice; however, the potential pathways by which maternal diabetes exerts its effects on the oocyte are poorly understood. Cumulus cells are in direct contact with the oocyte via gap junctions and provide essential nutrients to support oocyte development. In this study, we investigated the effects of(More)
We previously identified a coregulator, repressor of estrogen receptor activity (REA), that directly interacts with estrogen receptor (ER) and represses ER transcriptional activity. Decreasing the intracellular level of REA by using small interfering RNA knockdown or antisense RNA approaches in cells in culture resulted in a significant increase in the(More)
Estrogens regulate multiple activities in breast cancer cells, including proliferation. Whereas these hormones are most commonly known to regulate gene transcription through direct interaction with estrogen receptors (ERs) and with specific DNA sequences of target genes, recent studies show that ER also activates a number of rapid signaling events that are(More)
The mechanism responsible for poor reproductive outcomes in type 1 diabetic males is not well understood. In light of new evidence that the Sertoli cells of the testis secrete insulin, it is currently unclear whether diabetic subfertility is the result of deficiency of pancreatic insulin, testicular insulin, or both. In this study, the Akita mouse diabetic(More)
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