Derek K Lobb

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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)
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)
This study describes the effects of insulin, insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1), and epidermal growth factor (EGF) on the aromatase activity of granulosa cells isolated from immature rat ovaries. None of the growth factors alone influenced the basal level of aromatase activity, but did modulate follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH)-induced aromatase activity.(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)
Progesterone is produced by granulosa cells under the influence of luteinizing hormone. Nuclear progesterone receptors have been found in rat granulosa cells. Human granulosa-lutein cells rapidly respond to progesterone with an increase in intracellular calcium suggesting the existence of a nongenomic mechanism. This study was conducted to determine whether(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)
To test the hypothesis that the cells outside the basal lamina of the follicle secrete paracrine factors that influence the cells on the inside of the follicle, two ovarian cell populations were obtained from diethylstilbestrol-treated rats. Granulosa cells were obtained by extrusion from the follicles and an ovarian cell preparation, termed(More)
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