Kousik Pramanick

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Regulation of ovarian steroidogenesis in vitro by recombinant human insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) and bovine insulin (b-insulin) was investigated in intact follicles and isolated follicular cells of carp, Cyprinus carpio at vitellogenic stage of oocyte maturation. In intact follicles, IGF-I and b-insulin stimulated testosterone and 17beta-estradiol(More)
The effects of salmon calcitonin (sCT) on the secretion of 17beta-estradiol (E(2)) were examined in female common carp, Cyprinus carpio. Vitellogenic stage fish adapted to high-Ca water were i.p. injected with vehicle, sCT, human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), or hCG plus sCT. To determine whether ovarian follicles are equipped with CT receptors, a CT(More)
Multiple signal transduction pathways mediating gonadotropin-induced testosterone and 17β-estradiol (E(2)) production were identified in carp ovarian theca and granulosa cells in short-term co-incubation. Inhibitors of voltage-sensitive calcium channels (VSCCs) and calmodulin attenuated human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG)-induced steroid production, whereas(More)
Previously, we observed that in vitro germinal vesicle breakdown (GVBD) in Cyprinus carpio oocytes was induced by recombinant human insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) and bovine insulin (b-insulin) and this induction was steroid-independent. To investigate further the early signal transduction components involved in this process, the possible role of(More)
In mouse uterus, at the late diestrus stage LH binding sites have previously been described. The aim of our study was to confirm the existence of LH receptor (Lhr (Lhcgr)) mRNA and its protein in mouse endometrium. Endometrium at all stages of the estrous cycle contained Lhr mRNA, essentially identical to that found in mouse ovary. Endometrium also(More)
Luteinizing hormone (LH) is an essential hormone for the stimulation of the ovulatory process in vertebrates. However, little is known in fish regarding the different mechanisms induced by LH during ovulation that facilitate the rupture of the follicle wall and the subsequent expulsion of the mature oocyte. In this study, the effects of salmon LH (sLH) on(More)
Calcitonin (CT) is a calcium regulating hormone produced mainly by the parafollicular C cells of the thyroid gland in mammals. In lower vertebrates, these cells are concentrated primarily in a specialized gland, the ultimobranchial gland. The common structure of CT is 32-amino acid residues with a seven-residue cyclic loop formed by disulfide bond between(More)
A field experiment was conducted on bearing vines of kiwifruit cv. Abbott to find the effect of CPPU (N-(2- chloro-4-pyridyl)-N-phenylurea) and summer pruning on fruit yield, fruit size and quality. CPPU greatly stimulated fruit growth indicating that it can be a powerful tool for improving kiwifruit cropping. Application of CPPU at 10 ppm concentration was(More)
Apple chlorotic leaf spot virus (ACLSV; family Betaflexiviridae genus Trichovirus) is one of the economically important latent virus infecting apple (Malus × domestica Borkh.). Reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) procedures were used to amplify coat protein gene of ACLSV. Among 5 primer sets used, two primer sets (1F1R and 1F2R)(More)
Previously, we observed that in vitro steroidogenesis in intact ovarian follicles of common carp Cyprinus carpio can alone be induced by recombinant human insulin-like growth factor (IGF-I) and bovine insulin (b-insulin) and this induction was gonadotropin-independent. To investigate early signal transduction components involved in this process, the(More)