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The amounts of total protein, albumin, fibronectin, alpha 2-macroglobulin (alpha 2-M), immunoglobulin G, ceruloplasmin and antithrombin were determined in fluids collected from 53 preovulatory equine follicles and compared with the contents of estradiol-17 beta, progesterone and androstenedione, with follicle size and the amounts of the equivalent proteins(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the expression and localization of vitamin D(3) receptor (VDR) in reproductive organs of cycling mice. DESIGN Experimental animal study. SETTING Academic research center. ANIMAL(S) Mature (8 to 12 weeks old) cycling female Balb/c mice. INTERVENTION(S) Reproductive tissue, including endometrium, ovary, and fallopian tubes,(More)
OBJECTIVES The presence of vitamin D receptor (VDR) and the identification of localized vitamin D3 synthesis in placenta and decidua implicate the importance of vitamin D3 in reproductive function. There is, however, no data on the expression profile of VDR in the mouse placenta and endometrium throughout the pregnancy period. STUDY DESIGN In the present(More)
PURPOSE Targeted immunotherapy using dendritic cells (DCs) has been employed in numerous investigations aiming at combating neoplasms. We previously showed that copulsing of an antigen with a helper protein could considerably enhance antigen presenting capacity of ex vivo-generated DCs. In this study, we attempted to administer an effective treatment in a(More)
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