Kofi Donnelly

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This study was undertaken to determine the modulation of uterine function by chorionic gonadotrophin (CG) in a nonhuman primate. Infusion of recombinant human CG (hCG) between days 6 and 10 post ovulation initiated the endoreplication of the uterine surface epithelium to form distinct epithelial plaques. These plaque cells stained intensely for cytokeratin(More)
The biological function of uterine endometrial secretory proteins in the primate remain to be elucidated. In general, during the luteal phase and under progesterone dominance, the glandular epithelial cells synthesize and secrete a number of proteins. Of these, placental protein 14 (PP14; now referred to as glycodelin) and insulin-like growth factor binding(More)
PRL is known to be a major secretory product of the human decidua. However, the physiological role of decidual PRL during the menstrual cycle and pregnancy has not been fully defined, primarily due to the lack of an appropriate nonhuman primate model for in vivo studies. Therefore, this initial study examined the expression of PRL and its receptor in the(More)
The baboon oviductal epithelium differentiates into a tall columnar epithelium consisting of ciliated and secretory cells during the follicular phase of the menstrual cycle in response to rising oestradiol levels. The apical tips of these secretory cells are filled with membrane-bound secretory granules. During the luteal phase when progesterone levels are(More)
Blastocyst implantation in the baboon usually occurs between 8 and 10 days post ovulation. Changes that occur within this window of receptivity and immediately following implantation can be divided into three distinct phases. The first phase, regulated by estrogen and progesterone, is characterized primarily by changes in both the luminal and glandular(More)
The purpose of this study was to identify major proteins synthesized by the human oviduct and to determine if the ability of the human oviduct to synthesize these proteins was correlated with a specific stage(s) of the menstrual cycle. Oviducts, obtained from normal menstrual and immediately postpartum women, were minced and cultured in the presence of(More)
Our objective in this study was to complete the sequence of the baboon oviductal glycoprotein, examine the hormonal regulation of the oviductal glycoprotein mRNA, and determine whether there was a regional variation within the oviduct in the level of oviductal glycoprotein mRNA expression. Finally, because of the structural similarity of the amino terminal(More)
Retinols and retinoic acid (vitamin A) are essential for embryonic development; they are transported in circulation bound to retinol-binding protein (RBP). RBP has been shown to be synthesized in extrahepatic sites, i.e., the progestational uterus and concepti of pig, sheep, and cows. This study was undertaken to determine whether RBP is also synthesized by(More)
Signals from the developing mammalian blastocyst rescue the corpus luteum (CL) and modulate the uterine environment in preparation for implantation and early pregnancy. Our previous studies demonstrated that both short- and long-term administration of chorionic gonadotropin (CG) markedly alters the morphology and the biochemical activity of the receptive(More)