Iris Adriaens

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Chemo and/or radiotherapy applied to young cancer patients most often have severe effects upon female fertility. Today, few options are available to protect ovarian function in females. However, these options are either ineffective, belong to the field of experimental research or/and are not applicable to all patients. Drugs that could protect the oocyte(More)
BACKGROUND We investigated at what stage early cultured preantral mouse follicles become dependent on a minimal effective FSH dose (10 mIU/ml) and analysed the influence of implementing FSH at several time-points during in vitro culture. METHODS Two-layered mouse follicles were cultured for 12 days under seven different FSH exposure regimens and ovulated(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this paper is to review the available information on ovarian radiation sensitivity and the genetic hazard of ionizing radiation in female mammals including humans. METHODS The literature present in the author's laboratories (international papers from the 1970s) was complemented by a Medline literature search using the keywords(More)
Understanding normal folliculogenesis in guinea pigs is fundamental as a first step towards the development of a guinea pig follicle culture system. The aims of this study were (1) to characterise morphological changes during follicular development in vivo and (2) to describe the growth pattern of follicles. Cycling guinea pigs were infused with(More)
Metabolic markers are potentially valuable for assessment of follicle development in vitro. Carbohydrate metabolism of murine preantral follicles grown to maturity over 13 days in vitro has been measured, and metabolism of resulting oocyte-cumulus complexes (OCCs) and denuded oocytes has been compared with in vivo ovulated control counterparts. Spent(More)
In vivo studies on X-irradiated mice have shown that structural chromosome aberrations can be induced in female germ cells and that the radiation-induced chromosomal damage strongly depends on the stage of maturation reached by the oocytes at the time of irradiation. In the present study, the sensitivity of oocytes to induction of chromosome damage by(More)
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