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Gonadotrophins and various growth factors, but not sex steroids, can induce resumption of meiosis in vitro, but only in oocytes enclosed by cumulus-granulosa cells. Follicular purines prevent resumption of meiosis. This process can be overcome, in vitro, by a transient elevation of cyclic AMP resulting in the production of a diffusible meiosis-inducing(More)
Granulosa cells of mammalian Graafian follicles maintain oocytes in meiotic arrest, which prevents their precocious maturation. We show that mouse mural granulosa cells, which line the follicle wall, express natriuretic peptide precursor type C (Nppc) messenger RNA (mRNA), whereas cumulus cells surrounding oocytes express mRNA of the NPPC receptor NPR2, a(More)
The present experiment used cultured mouse cumulus cell-enclosed oocytes (CEOs) and denuded oocytes (DOs) to study the function of nitric oxide (NO) in mouse oocyte meiotic maturation. Either positive or negative actions of NO on meiotic maturation has been observed when CEOs or DOs were cultured for 24 h in a medium containing 4 mM hypoxanthine (HX) to(More)
Although the effects of Gonadotropin on ovarian physiology have been known for many decades, its action on glucose uptake in the rat ovary remained poorly understood. Evidence also suggests that glucose uptake is mediated by a number of glucose transporter proteins (Glut). Therefore, we examined the rat ovary for the presence of Glut1-4 and blood glucose(More)
The mechanical method to isolate preantral follicle has been reported for many years. However, the culture systems in vitro are still unstable. The aim of this study was to analyze the effect of the culture system of mice preantral follicles on the follicular development in vitro. The results showed that the 96-well plate system was the most effective(More)
Treatment with lamivudine of patients infected with hepatitis B virus (HBV) results in a high rate of drug resistance, which is primarily associated with the rtM204I/V substitution in the HBV reverse transcriptase domain. Here we show that the rtM204I/V substitution, although essential, is insufficient for establishing resistance against lamivudine. The(More)
The present study is to investigate the immunolocalization of endothelial and inducible nitric oxide synthase (eNOS, iNOS) in porcine ovary and the effect of nitric oxide (NO) on antrum formation and oocyte meiotic resumption. In Experiment 1, preantral follicles (250-300 microm in diameter) were cultured in 0 (Control), 0.1, 0.3, 0.5 or 1 mM sodium(More)
Genetic analysis of hepatitis B virus (HBV) frequently involves study of intra-host variants, identification of which is commonly achieved using short regions of the HBV genome. However, the use of short sequences significantly limits evaluation of genetic relatedness among HBV strains. Although analysis of HBV complete genomes using genetic cloning has(More)
The genetic characterization of hepatitis A virus (HAV) strains is commonly accomplished by sequencing subgenomic regions, such as the VP1/P2B junction. HAV genome is not extensively variable, thus presenting opportunity for sharing sequences of subgenomic regions among genetically unrelated isolates. The degree of misrepresentation of phylogenetic(More)
Many studies have shown that cyclic adenosine-5'-monophosphate (cAMP)-dependent protein kinase A (PKA) and G-protein-coupled receptor 3 (GPR3) are crucial for controlling meiotic arrest in oocytes. However, it is unclear how gonadotropins modulate these factors to regulate oocyte maturation, especially by gap junctional communication (GJC). Using an in(More)