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In the first experiment, mature female Wistar rats, displaying a regular 4-day oestrous cycle, were killed in succession every 2 or 3 h on the day of pro-oestrus and oestrus until the time of ovulation. In the second experiment, immature female Wistar rats (aged 24 days) were injected s.c. with 30 IU pregnant mare serum gonadotrophin (PMSG) and 56 h later(More)
In the rat, at the beginning of pregnancy a cohort of antral follicles develops until the preovulatory stage. However, these follicles, differentiating in the hyperprolactinemic milieu, produce only small amount of estradiol, do not ovulate and undergo rapid degeneration. They constitute an interesting physiological model of atresia. In the present study,(More)
Sequential changes in androgen receptor (AR) distribution were investigated in rat ovarian follicles during their physiological development. Mature female Wistar rats, exhibiting a regular 4-day oestrous cycle, were killed in succession on the day of oestrus, metoestrus, dioestrus, and pro-oestrus. Excised ovaries were submitted to immunohistochemical(More)
The process of apoptosis in the postovulatory cumulus granulosa cells was investigated in pregnant rats. Mature female Wistar rats, exhibiting a regular 4-day oestrous cycle, were placed with males on the day of pro-oestrus. The following day, on which spermatozoa were found in vaginal smears, was designated day 1 of pregnancy. The animals were killed just(More)
Female Wistar rats exhibiting a regular 4-day oestrous cycle were included in this study. They were killed on the day of pro-oestrus at 11.00, 14.00, 16.00, 2.00, 22.00 and 24.00 h. The isolated preovulatory follicles were placed individually on a small triple disc of filter paper. They were cut in half and the flowing out follicular fluid (FF) was allowed(More)
Immunoexpression of androgen receptor (AR) and 3beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase (3beta-HSD) was investigated in three generations of corpora lutea (CLs), found in the ovaries of rats on Days 1, 2, 5, 9, 14 and 20 of pregnancy. The youngest generation of CLs functioned during the whole pregnancy, whereas the older and the oldest generations underwent(More)
In the present study the authors investigated whether androgens could interact with FSH to induce aromatase and androgen receptor expression in porcine granulosa cells. Dissected whole porcine follicles (small, medium, and large) were incubated for 8 hours in M199 medium supplemented with testosterone (10(-7) M), FSH (100 ng/ml) or both those hormones.(More)
The main objective of the present study was to establish morphological and steroidogenic changes occurring in the ovaries of senescent bank voles, with respect to the photoperiod of rearing. Obtained results revealed less pronounced changes in the ovaries of females reared in a long photoperiod (LD). Their gonads still possessed some healthy follicles and(More)
Immunohistochemical localization of androgen receptor (AR) was investigated in the rat oocytes during their development in the primary, secondary and antral follicles. The group of experimental Wistar rats included prepubertal female rats, killed at 30 days of age, and mature female rats killed at estrus or metestrus. Excised ovaries were submitted to(More)