Colette Féral

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The innervation of the endocrine optic gland of Sepia, which controls sexual maturation, was studied by immunocytochemistry. Anti-FMRFamide (Phe-Met-Arg-Phe-NH2) serum revealed immunoreactive neurons in the olfactory and basal-dorsal lobe of the supra-esophageal brain mass. The axons of these neurons form a network from which fibers run to the optic gland.(More)
Aromatase protein is synthesized in response to gonadotropins that activate expression of their target genes via the cAMP second messenger system. The -882/+103 bp region of the rabbit ovarian promoter (PII) was ligated to a luciferase vector and transfected into granulosa cells to elucidated the mechanism by which cAMP stimulates transcription. Deletions(More)
Transcription of the CYP19 gene encoding the aromatase P450 enzyme in ovarian cells is under the control of the two gonadotropins, follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH), via modulation of intracellular cyclic 3',5'-adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) levels. Primary cultures of rabbit ovarian cells were used to identify the functional(More)
The aim of the present study was to quantify the promoter II- and I.r-derived transcripts of p450 aromatase gene during follicular stages and during corpus luteum formation in the rabbit. An ovulatory dose of hCG induced, first the disappearance of 90% of aromatase transcripts since 6 h before ovulation, and second a gradual decrease during pseudopregnancy.(More)
The origin of ovarian renin and its regulation by hCG were investigated in rabbit periovulatory follicles and cultured preovulatory follicular cells. Intracellular content of renin in thecal cells was 8-fold greater than of granulosa cells. In vivo, administration of hCG increased intracellular content of renin in thecal but not granulosa cells. Similar(More)
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