Derek K. Lobb

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We have shown that the melatonin receptor agonist, 2-[125I] iodomelatonin, binds to high-affinity guanine nucleotide-sensitive sites on human granulosa (HG) cell membranes. In order to confirm the presence of melatonin receptors in HG cells, we have now used a reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) procedure to examine receptor subtype(More)
The receptors for members of the relaxin peptide family have only recently been discovered and are G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). Relaxin and insulin-like peptide 3 (INSL3) interact with the leucine-rich-repeat-containing GPCRs (LGRs) LGR7 and LGR8, respectively. These receptors show closest similarity to the glycoprotein hormone receptors and contain(More)
Granulosa and thecal cells were isolated from follicles of ovaries removed from premenopausal women who underwent salpingo-oophorectomy. The electrophoretic profiles of the [35S]methionine-radiolabeled proteins secreted by the two cell types were quite distinct and showed different major proteins. Untreated granulosa cells secreted a major radiolabeled(More)
1,1-Dichloro-2,2-bis(p-chlorophenyl)ethylene (DDE), a metabolite of DDT (1,1-dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane), is a persistent hormonally active environmental toxicant that has been found in human serum and follicular fluid. The objective of this study was to determine whether DDE can alter free calcium ion concentrations in the cytosol ([Ca(2+)](cyt)) of(More)
Relaxin mRNA concentrations in porcine corpora lutea were examined during the peri-implantation period and throughout pregnancy using Northern and slot blot analysis. Total RNA was extracted from corpora lutea obtained from pigs of known breeding dates and pregnancy was confirmed by embryo recovery. A 32P-labelled porcine relaxin cDNA probe identified the(More)
During follicular development, a co-ordinated gonadotrophin and endocrine environment is believed to be essential for normal function of the resulting corpus luteum. Whether differences in the gonadotrophins used to promote follicular development can have lasting effects on granulosa cells after they have undergone luteinization and culture, remains to be(More)
OBJECTIVE To correlate the temporal expression of transforming growth factor-alpha (TGF-alpha) and TGF-beta genes in granulosa cells (GC) and thecal cells from human follicles at various developmental stages and to determine their trophic effects on GCs. DESIGN Reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) analysis of extracted RNA from(More)
Transforming growth factor alpha (TGF alpha) has been localized by immunohistochemistry in the ovarian surface epithelial (OSE) cells of sections from normal human ovaries and in epithelial cells of surface crypts. An ovarian cancer cell line (HEY) derived from the surface epithelium of a human ovary also exhibited intense staining for the TGF alpha(More)
Proopiomelanocorticotrophin (POMC)-derived peptides have been identified in both male and female reproductive systems. However, there have been few reports of ACTH, the major biologically active POMC product, in the mammalian ovary. We sought evidence for the presence and localization of immunoreactive (ir)-ACTH in ovaries from sheep, humans, cows, pigs,(More)