Erasmia Kiapekou

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OBJECTIVE To evaluate whether amniotic fluid cells contain a germ-like cell subpopulation. DESIGN Experimental study. SETTING University hospital. PATIENT(S) None. INTERVENTION(S) Cells from human amniotic fluid samples were analyzed for messenger RNA expression of Deleted in Azoospermia-Like gene (DAZL) and Oct-4 by reverse transcriptase polymerase(More)
OBJECTIVE A number of hormones and growth factors have been reported to affect the in vitro maturation of oocytes. Their exact effects on follicular growth and oocyte maturation and the mechanisms involved are still unclear. In the present study, we have investigated the effects of Growth Hormone (GH) and Insulin-like Growth Factor 1 (IGF-1) on the in vitro(More)
A simple, safe and cost-effective treatment protocol in ovarian stimulation is of great importance in IVF practice, especially in the case of previous unsuccessful attempts. hCG has been used as a substitute of LH because of the degree of homology between the two hormones. The main aim of this prospective randomized study was to determine, for the first(More)
Oxytocin is a nine amino acid peptide involved in a wide spectrum of physiological functions; predominantly those concerning reproduction and differentiation are of interest. Oxytocin receptors are expressed at early developmental stages of mammals, suggesting that oxytocin might be involved in the determination of the germ stem cell line, at the very early(More)
The oxytocin (OT)-oxytocin receptor (OTR) system of the mammalian uterus has mainly been studied in relation to its involvement in the onset of labor. The aim of this study was to elucidate the in vivo expression and localization pattern of OTR in the mouse endometrium and embryo during implantation, as well as OTR mRNA expression in the in vitro developing(More)
Human oocyte maturation is a long process during which nuclear maturation occurs resulting in germinal vesicle breakdown (transition from prophase I to metaphase II) and extrusion of the first polar body. During oocyte maturation, in parallel with nuclear maturation, a number of events take place in the oocyte cytoplasm that assist fertilization and early(More)
The polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is defined as a syndrome of hyperandrogenism and chronic anovulation in the absence of other underlying pituitary or adrenal disorders. PCOS often presents in adolescence and is the commonest cause of menstrual disorders and hirsutism. Premature adrenarche and hirsutism that occur before puberty have been associated with(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to assess the impact of nevirapine on a cervix carcinoma cell line. METHODS HeLa cells were cultured in Dulbecco's modified Eagle medium supplemented with 20% fetal bovine serum at 37 degrees C and humidified 10% CO(2) in air. Nevirapine was purified from commercially available Viramune (Boehringer-Ingelheim), diluted(More)
Prolactin was first identified as an anterior pituitary lobe hormone, responsible for the regulation of mammary gland growth and development. Prolactin receptors have been localized in a number of peripheral tissues, including tissues involved in reproduction. Studies with knockout animals have shown that prolactin receptor deficient mice present(More)