Minako Okamoto

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During in vitro maturation of porcine cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs), follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) increases both prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) production and the expression levels of EGF-like factors. The ligands act on cumulus cells by the autocrine system due to their specific receptors, EP2, EP4, or EGF receptor. When each pathway is suppressed by(More)
During in vitro maturation of porcine cumulus cell-oocyte complexes and in vitro luteinization of porcine granulosa cells, FSH induces the expression of the protease TNFα-converting enzyme/A disintegrin and metalloproteinase domain 17 (TACE/ADAM17) and the epidermal growth factor (EGF)-like factors, which activate the EGF receptor (EGFR)-MAPK3/1 pathway in(More)
We previously reported the anti-inflammatory effects of cilostazol, a selective inhibitor of phosphodiesterase 3, and two antioxidants, enzymatically modified isoquercitrin and α-lipoic acid in a dextran sodium sulphate-induced colitis mouse model. We further examined the chemopreventive effects of these substances in a murine azoxymethane/dextran sodium(More)
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