Eva Nagyová

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The aim of this work was to assess the FSH-stimulated expression of epidermal growth factor (EGF)-like peptides in cultured cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs) and to find out the effect of the peptides on cumulus expansion, oocyte maturation, and acquisition of developmental competence in vitro. FSH promptly stimulated expression of amphiregulin (AREG) and(More)
Oocytes secrete factors that control cumulus and granulosa functions, including cumulus expansion and steroid hormone production. Some members of the transforming growth factor beta (TGFbeta) superfamily influence these activities, yet it is still not determined conclusively whether any of these superfamily members are the previously reported(More)
We have shown previously that porcine cumulus and mural granulosa cells produce a factor that is very similar, if not identical, to the oocyte-derived cumulus expansion-enabling factor (CEEF). Because growth differentiation factor 9 (GDF9) is the most likely candidate for the CEEF, in the present study we tested the hypothesis that GDF9 is expressed not(More)
In most mammals, before ovulation, cumulus cells synthesize a large amount of hyaluronan (HA) that is organized into an extracellular matrix (ECM), which provides an essential microenvironment for in vivo oocyte fertilization. This process is called cumulus expansion. The present study assessed effects of selected endocrine disruptors (bisphenol A, BPA;(More)
We have recently shown that epidermal growth factor (EGF) strongly stimulates expansion of porcine oocyte-cumulus complexes (OCCs) isolated from large follicles (>6 mm) and does not promote expansion of OCCs from small (3-4-mm) follicles. In order to elucidate the role of EGF in OCCs expansion, in the present study, we first examined the presence of EGF(More)
The role of alkaloids in cigarette smoke was investigated in the cumulus expansion of oocyte-cumulus complexes (OCC) isolated from large antral porcine follicles. Suppression of the cumulus expansion stimulated by FSH was observed in the presence of different concentration of cadmium, anabasine and nicotine but not its metabolite cotinine. There were(More)
The meiotic competence and meiosis resumption of Blue fox (Alopex lagopus) oocytes from anoestrous animals were followed. Oocyte-cumulus complexes (OCC) were cultured in modified TC 199 medium with or without FSH, recombinant bovine somatotrophin (bST) and okadaic acid (OA). The results showed that oocytes less than 100 microns in diameter did not achieve(More)
To demonstrate secretion of cumulus expansion-enabling factor (CEEF) by porcine oocytes, we used an interspecies testing system. Porcine oocytes were used to condition culture medium, and the presence of CEEF was tested using mouse oocytectomized complexes (OOX), which require CEEF for expansion. Follicle-stimulating hormone-stimulated expansion and(More)
Epidermal growth factor (EGF) efficiently stimulates expansion of mouse and rat oocyte-cumulus complexes (OCC). Contradictory data have been published by several laboratories about the ability of EGF to stimulate expansion of porcine OCC. We assumed that these contradictions may have resulted from heterogeneous conditions used for isolation, culture, and(More)
It has been shown previously that tumor necrosis factor alpha-induced protein 6 (TNFAIP6) is essential for formation of the cumulus extracellular matrix and female fertility. Therefore, we studied the expression of TNFAIP6 mRNA in porcine preovulatory follicles. In addition, we asked whether the expression of TNFAIP6 mRNA changes in mural granulosa cells(More)