Sreemathi Chari

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The levels of endothelins 1 and 2 (ET-1 and ET-2) have been examined in 415 follicular fluids of 57 women participating in the IVF-ET programme in the University Women's Hospital, Marburg, in relation to the morphological appearance ("maturity") and fertilizability of harvested oocytes as well as to the levels of inhibin, FSH, IGF-1, estradiol and(More)
As a simplification of the in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure, repeated sonographic scanning of follicular diameters in stimulated cycles was performed, until the largest visible follicle reached a mean diameter of at least 28 mm, at which time human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) was administered. Follicle puncture was performed either guided by(More)
Following the earlier demonstration of inhibin-like activity in human ovarian follicular fluid a method for its purification to apparent homogeneity is described. The fluid was converted to acetone powder and subjected sequentially to ammonium sulphate fractionation, gel chromatography on Sephadex G-200, continuous gradient ion-exchange chromatography on(More)
Follicular fluid (FFl), obtained from 24 women treated with clomiphene/hCG in an in vitro fertilization program, was characterized with respect to steroid hormone levels and oocyte maturation inhibitor (OMI) activity. Three FFl samples apparently were derived from cystic follicles and contained low steroid levels and no OMI activity in an in vitro rat(More)
We studied the effect of low molecular weight fractions of human follicular fluid (FF1) on rat oocyte meiosis and progesterone secretion by the granulosa cells. Steroid-free FF1 extracts were filtered through Sephadex G50 gel. One highly retarded fraction was obtained (GF-3), which was either used for testing or further purified by filtration on Sephadex(More)
1. Formyl-methionyl-leucyl-phenylalanine (FMLP) or arachidonic acid (AA) induced luminol dependent chemiluminescence (LCL) response of rat polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMNLs) was found to be inhibited by nitric oxide synthease inhibitors and their D-enantiomers. 2. Rat PMNLs LCL response was inhibited by NG-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME), D-NAME,(More)
Plasma LH, FSH and testosterone were measured in testosterone-treated and untreated cryptorchid and castrated male rats. Exogenous testosterone prevented the increase in basal LH but not FSH levels seen in the untreated cryptorchids. Increases in plasma LH and FSH in response to LH-RH were greater in the cryptorchid as compared to the control group and this(More)