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Serotonin receptors have been found in several reproductive organs as well as in the central nervous system. Serotonin-binding sites have been demonstrated in duck ovarian follicles and the testis, hamster ovaries, human granulosa cells and mouse placenta. Local production of serotonin by the rat ovary, oviduct, uterus and testis has also been reported. We(More)
Insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) has been shown to promote mammalian early embryo development. Increased cell division or decreased cell death have been proposed as two main possible mechanisms in its effect. Here we examine the nature of this promoting effect in a model situation. Camptothecin (0.01 microg/ml) and actimomycin D (0.005 microg/ml) were(More)
Essential oils are plant secondary metabolites possessing various pharmacological properties, primarily anti-oxidative, antimicrobial or immunomodulative, but they can exhibit toxic and allergic effects as well. The aim of this study was to compare the effects of Rosmarinus officinalis essential oil dietary administration in carrageenan paw oedema and(More)
Enterocin was used to control the growth ofStaphylococcus aureus strains SA1 and Oxford 209P in Sunar® (milk nourishment for suckling babies) and during the yogurt-making process. Reduction by three orders of magnitude was noted in the growth of SA1 strain in Sunar® milk nourishment between the enterocin-containing (ES) and the control samples (CS) at 1-d(More)
The effectiveness of enterocin CCM 4231 in controlling Listeria monocytogenes contamination in dry fermented Hornád salami was examined. Three independent salami treatments were conducted under pilot plant and laboratory conditions. Salamis were produced according to standard technological parameters and stages with ripening for 3 weeks. The reference(More)
The antagonistic effect of enterocin CCM 4231 towards enterococci, staphylococci, Escherichia coli, listeriae and pseudomonads in the cattle slurry environment was assessed during periods of 1 and 2 weeks. The maximum decrease in the viable cells of enterococci and staphylococci (5.39 to 1.1 log CFU ml-1, and 4.3 to 2.3 log CFU ml-1, respectively) was(More)
Components of plant essential oils have been reported to have health benefit properties, including antioxidative, anti-tumour, antimicrobial, anti-stress, and immunomodulative activities. We examined the anti-inflammatory effects of thymoquinone, the active ingredient in the volatile oil of Nigella sativa seeds, and borneol, the active component of Salvia(More)
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter functioning also as a hormone and growth factor. To further investigate the biological role of serotonin during embryo development, we analysed serotonin localization as well as the expression of specific serotonin 5-HT1D receptor mRNA in mouse oocytes and preimplantation embryos. The functional significance of serotonin(More)
The occurrence of apoptosis in mouse preimplantation embryos was analyzed using DNA staining (Hoechst 33342, PI) for the visualization of nuclear changes and by the comet assay, a single-cell gel electrophoresis assay, modified for the analysis of blastocysts. Mouse preimplantation embryos isolated 56 h after superovulation were cultured in vitro for 64 h.(More)
The occurrence of enteroccoci in cattle dung water from the basins of 25 cattle farms of 15 northeastern Slovakia districts was screened as well as bacteriocin production among selective enterococcal isolates. The average total count of enterococci detected reached 5.0 x 10(3) cfu ml-1. Enterococcus faecium was the predominant species (25%) followed by Ent.(More)