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ZP3, a preparation of the 55K families of porcine oocyte zona pellucida, possesses carbohydrate-dependent ligand activity for boar sperm. The aim of the present study was to analyze ZP3 N- and O-linked oligosaccharides with respect to size distribution, composition, and role in sperm-zona recognition events. Digestion of denatured ZP3 with peptide(More)
The distribution of O-linked oligosaccharides on the M(r) 55,000 glycoproteins, ZP3 alpha and ZP3 beta, of the porcine oocyte zona pellucida was examined. Purified preparations of endo-beta-galactosidase digested ZP3 alpha and ZP3 beta were reduced and carboxamidomethylated and digested with trypsin. When the trypsin digests were mapped by HPLC, each(More)
Human endometrial curettings were selected principally from patients undergoing tubal ligations for elective sterilization. Specimens were analyzed for the metabolism of 17beta-[6,7-3H]estradiol and Na2 35SO4; assayed for the nuclear receptor content with 17beta-[6,7-3H]estradiol; and examined for the cytosol receptor content with(More)
Fifteen lysosomal enzyme activities were compared in 14 presumed normal chorionic villus specimens that were each divided, processed and analyzed as fresh tissue, tissue frozen for 1 week, and cultures established from minced whole villi. Most of the activities determined in the chorionic villus tissue were not affected significantly by freezing. However,(More)
The two M(r) 55,000 glycoproteins, ZP3 alpha and ZP3 beta, of porcine zona pellucida copurify as a preparation designated ZP3. Gamete binding assays have implicated ZP3 alpha, but not ZP3 beta, as participating in sperm-zona recognition events. We now report that boar sperm contain membrane-associated binding sites with specificity for ZP3 alpha.(More)
There has been an increasing interest in the sulfate conjugates of estrogens as important metabolites in steroid hormone homeostasis and activity. In women estrogen sulfates have been known as major components of plasma originating from ovarian secretion and hepatic metabolism. However, only recently has the capacity to sulfurylate estrogens been(More)
The levels of nuclear and uncharged cytoplasmic estrogen receptors were determined in gilt endometrium throughout the estrous cycle. Nuclear estrogen receptor was found to reach its highest level of 1.3 (range, 1.0-1.5) pmol/mg DNA on day 1 of the cycle just before ovulation (day 2), after which the values dropped sharply to 0.3 (range, 0.1-0.4) pmol/mg(More)