Lynda M Foulds

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Bovine follicular fluid was used as a source for the isolation of gonadal inhibin, the activity of which was monitored by the dose dependent suppression of the FSH content of cultured pituitary cells. The procedures presented result in over 3000-fold purification of the starting material and the purified inhibin has an apparent molecular weight of 56000.(More)
Activin, a dimer of the beta-subunits of inhibin, is a member of the transforming growth factor beta (TGF-beta) superfamily of growth factors and has a widespread range of actions in a variety of tissues. The investigation of the physiology of activin action has been facilitated in recent years by the availability of immunoassays in addition to bioassays.(More)
Evidence indicates that the testis possesses a reduced capacity to mount inflammatory and rejection responses, which undoubtedly contributes to the ongoing survival of the highly immunogenic germ cells. The contribution of local cytokine expression to this condition was investigated in adult male rats treated with lipopolysaccharide to induce inflammation.(More)
Using an activin RIA that showed limited cross-reaction with inhibin, activin immunoactivity was monitored throughout the isolation of activin from bovine follicular fluid and side-fractions during the isolation of human recombinant inhibin. Two peaks of activin immunoactivity were identified in both materials and isolated to homogeneity by dye affinity(More)
The cellular localization of the activin-binding protein, follistatin, in the rat testis has been a matter of some controversy with different investigators claiming that Sertoli cells, Leydig cells or germ cells are the primary cell types containing this protein. The localization of mRNA encoding follistatin was re-examined using reverse(More)
The ability of the gametes to escape detection by the immune system is vital to successful human reproduction. Furthermore, the observed capacity of the testis in some species to support tissue grafts without rejection (immunological privilege) indicates that spermatogenic cells are protected by local immunoregulatory mechanisms. One of these mechanisms(More)
To determine whether the human term placenta contains inhibin, activin, and follistatin, placental homogenates from normal placentae were subjected to several fractionation procedures: 1) dye affinity chromatography; 2) hydrophobic interaction chromatography using phenyl sepharose; 3) gel filtration under acid conditions; 4) reversed phase-high pressure(More)
Two proteins with structural characteristics similar to peptide sequences identified in the inhibin alpha-subunit precursor sequence have been isolated from bovine follicular fluid. A side-fraction from the purification of bovine follicular fluid inhibin with high levels of inhibin immunoactivity relative to its inhibin bioactivity was fractionated through(More)
Activins are pluripotent growth factors that have recently been shown to be present in placental and fetal membrane preparations. Our previous studies have identified and purified activin A from ovine amniotic and allantoic fluids. In this study, ligand blots of side fractions from the isolation of activin A from allantoic fluid suggested the presence of(More)
Inhibin-related proteins were identified in human follicular fluid following fractionation by gel permeation chromatography under neutral and acidic conditions, reversed-phase high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and preparative polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. A number of molecular mass forms of inhibin (30-36 and 59-66 kDa) based on their in(More)