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Progesterone-receptor (PR) stimulation promotes survival in rat and human periovulatory granulosa cells. To investigate the mechanisms involved, periovulatory rat granulosa cells were incubated in vitro with or without the PR-antagonist Org 31710. Org 31710 caused the expected increase in apoptosis, and expression profiling using cDNA microarray analysis(More)
Dopaminergic stabilizers can be defined as drugs that stimulate or inhibit dopaminergic signalling depending on the dopaminergic tone. (−)-OSU6162 and ACR16 appear to possess such a profile. They have been proposed to act as partial dopamine receptor agonists or as antagonists with preferential action on dopaminergic autoreceptors. Previous studies have(More)
Progesterone and its interaction with nuclear progesterone receptors (PR) PR-A and PR-B play a critical role in the regulation of female reproductive function in all mammals. However, our knowledge of the regulation and possible cellular function of PR protein isoforms in the fallopian tube and uterus in vivo is still very limited. In the present study, we(More)
Dopaminergic stabilizers may be conceptualized as drugs with normalizing effects on dopamine-mediated behaviours and neurochemical events. (S)-(-)-OSU6162 (OSU6162) and ACR16 are two structurally related compounds ascribed such properties, principally because of their stabilizing effects on motor activity in rodents. Reports in the literature indicate(More)
The small ubiquitin-related modifier-1 (SUMO-1) is a member of a family of ubiquitin-related proteins that have effects on several important physiological functions, including reproduction. However, the regulation of SUMO-1 expression and functional distribution of SUMO-1 in vivo remain poorly understood. In the present study, we show that SUMO-1 protein is(More)
The small ubiquitin-related modifier-1 (SUMO-1) with broad cellular expression has been implicated in a range of cellular processes, such as cell proliferation, differentiation, and apoptosis. As shown recently, SUMO-1 is expressed and regulated by gonadotropins, in particular an ovulatory hCG stimulus in mouse granulosa cells in vivo. To test the(More)
Progesterone receptor (PR) stimulation promotes survival in human and rat periovulatory granulosa cells. PR antagonists, Org 31710 and RU 486, both increase apoptosis and decrease cholesterol synthesis in these cells. The decrease in cholesterol synthesis also causes decreased synthesis of other products branching from the cholesterol synthesis pathway,(More)
Progesterone and its interaction with nuclear progesterone receptors (PR), PR-A and PR-B, play a critical role in the regulation of female reproductive function in all mammals. However, our knowledge of the regulation and possible cellular function of PR protein isoforms in the Fallopian tube and uterus in vivo is still very limited. In the present study,(More)
Progesterone is a survival factor in rat periovulatory granulosa cells. The mechanisms involved are unclear but progesterone receptor (PGR) antagonists have been shown to inhibit cholesterol synthesis and induce apoptosis. Furthermore, reports suggest that statins induce apoptosis by inhibition of protein isoprenylation. Statins inhibit the rate-limiting(More)
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