Masafumi Tetsuka

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Insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) system that is exerted mainly through the type 1 IGF receptor (IGFR-1) and releasing of free IGF-I is regulated by the proteases of IGF-binding proteins (IGFBPs), an important factor in follicle development of bovine ovary. The aims of the present study were to examine the mRNA expressions of IGF-I, IGFR-1 and(More)
The size of the ovary varies substantially among cattle. This variation may influence the potential of the ovary to produce follicles. In the present study, we examined whether a relationship exists between the weight of the ovary and the number of antral follicles >or=1 mm. Paired ovaries were obtained from Holstein x Japanese Black F1 heifers. Follicles(More)
In urethane-chloralose anesthetized rats, the role of GABA(B) receptor in the commissural subnucleus of the nucleus tractus solitarii (commNTS) on the carotid chemoreceptor reflex was investigated. Microinjection of a GABA(B) agonist baclofen into the commNTS did not have any effects on arterial blood pressure (BP) or respiration (RP), while it attenuated(More)
In glucocorticoid target organs, local concentrations of active glucocorticoid are determined by the relative expression of two 11beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenases (HSDs): bi-directional 11beta-HSD type1 (11HSD1) that mainly activates cortisone to cortisol, and dehydrogenase 11beta-HSD type2 (11HSD2) that inactivates cortisol to cortisone. In this study,(More)
There are few reports describing the structure and function of the whale placenta with the advance of pregnancy. In this study, therefore, the placenta and nonpregnant uterus of the Antarctic minke whale were observed morphologically and immunohistochemically. Placentas and nonpregnant uteri were collected from the 15th, 16th and 18th Japanese Whale(More)
In this study, we examined the existence and structure of areolae and the steroidogenesis of areolar trophoblast cells in the Antarctic minke whale placenta morphologically and immunohistochemically. Placentas were collected from the 15th, 16th and 18th Japanese Whale Research Program under Special Permit in the Antarctic (JARPA) and 1st JARPA II organized(More)
Bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) are crucial factors in follicular growth and development. Among the BMP ligands, BMP-7 which use ActRII as their type II receptor, strongly bind to ALK-2 as their type I receptor. However, whether their receptors are expressed and the regulatory mechanisms controlling their expression during the process of bovine follicle(More)
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