Lie-Qian Zhuang

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Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are implicated in the degradation of extracellular matrix; they play important roles in the invasion of the trophoblast cell into the maternal endometrium during placentation. Previous studies have concentrated on comparison of MMP expression in trophoblast cells between the first and third trimester. But the dynamic(More)
The present review summarizes our studies on the hormonal control of the differentiation of granulosa cells in vitro. Studies on the hormonal regulation of granulosa cell oestrogen and progestagen biosynthesis by various regulatory agents facilitate our understanding of the control processes involved in follicular maturation and luteinization in vivo. This(More)
A cell line has been established from human placentae at the first trimester of normal pregnancy. The cell line was obtained by culture of purified cytotrophoblast cells in serum-free medium supplemented with epidermal growth factor, insulin, dexamethasone and 0.1% bovine serum albumin. The cells can be subcultured for >30 passages in one to three splits.(More)
The neuroanatomical distribution of androgen receptor (AR) mRNA-containing cells in the brain of a vocal lizard, Gekko gecko, was mapped using in situ hybridization. Particular attention was given to auditory and vocal nuclei. Within the auditory system, the cochlear nuclei, the central nucleus of the torus semicircularis, the nucleus medialis, and the(More)
To investigate whether endogenous opioid peptides (EOP) play an important role in intragonadal regulation of testicular function and regulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis of the male rat, the authors employed two principal methods: culture of testicular Leydig cells and Sertoli cells, and in vitro perifusion of hypothalamo-pituitary Leydig(More)
The biosynthesis of ovarian aromatases and hence estrogen production are under the control of the gonadotropins, FSH and LH. Using a primary culture of rat granulosa cells, we now report that estrogens (diethylstilbestrol and 17 beta-estradiol) augment the stimulation of aromatase activity by FSH and LH. Moreover, clomiphene citrate, a drug widely used to(More)
The influence of estrogens on gonadotropin-stimulated production of progesterone and 20 alpha-hydroxypregn-4-en-3-one (20 alpha-OH-P) was examined in primary cultures of rat granulosa cells. Granulosa cells were cultured for 3 days with increasing concentrations of FSH in the presence or absence of either diethylstilbestrol (DES) or estradiol. FSH treatment(More)
The influence of triphenylethylene antiestrogens on FSH-stimulated production of estrogen, progesterone, and 20 alpha-hydroxy-4-pregnen-3-one (20 alpha-OH-P) was examined in cultured rat granulosa cells. The cells were cultured with increasing concentrations of FSH, with or without diethylstilbestrol (DES) or various antiestrogens. After 3 days, medium(More)
The direct effects of GnRH and its agonistic and antagonistic analogs upon testicular androgen biosynthesis were studied in primary cultures of testicular cells obtained from adult hypophysectomized rats. Treatment of cultured cells with hCG (10 ng/ml) substantially increased testosterone production, while concomitant addition of GnRH or its agonist(More)