Stephen G. Hillier

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Men with low testosterone (feminine men) invest in relationships and offspring more than men with high testosterone (masculine men). Women's attraction to testosterone dependent traits (e.g. masculine face shape) is enhanced during the late-follicular, fertile phase of the menstrual cycle. Attractive, feminine women have stronger preferences for masculine(More)
Although many accounts of facial attractiveness propose that femininity in women's faces indicates high levels of oestrogen, there is little empirical evidence in support of this assumption. Here, we used assays for urinary metabolites of oestrogen (oestrone-3-glucuronide, E1G) and progesterone (pregnanediol-3-glucuronide, P3G) to investigate the(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the relationship between HIV seropositivity and bacterial vaginosis (BV) in a population at high risk for sexual acquisition of HIV. DESIGN A cross-sectional study was conducted among 144 female commercial sex workers in Chiang Mai, Thailand. METHODS The participants were tested for cervical gonorrhea and Chlamydia infection,(More)
Previous studies demonstrating changes in women's face preferences have emphasized increased attraction to cues to possible indirect benefits (e.g. heritable immunity to infection) that coincides with periods of high fertility (e.g. the late follicular phase of the menstrual cycle). By contrast, here we show that when choosing between composite faces with(More)
OBJECTIVE Retraining of sensory function following stroke is frequently overlooked in rehabilitation protocols despite more than 60% of patients presenting with sensory deficits. Methods to train sensory function include both passive and active training protocols. Here we examined the volume and quality of the evidence available for both passive and active(More)
We previously reported the construction of a P1-derived artificial chromosome (PAC) contig encompassing a set of homozygous deletions of chromosome 16q23-24.1 found in primary ovarian tumor material and several tumor cell lines. Using these PAC clones in a cDNA selection experiment, we have isolated a Sau3A fragment homologous to the WWOX transcript(More)
The original 'two-cell mechanism' explained the endocrine regulation of follicular oestrogen synthesis and implied paracrine signalling in the follicle wall. It is now known that the CYP17 gene encoding 17-hydroxylase/C17-20-lyase activity crucial to androgen synthesis, is expressed exclusively in thecal cells. 17-Hydroxylase/C17-20-lyase activity is(More)
Rat GnRH pituitary receptor complementary DNA was used to isolate a truncated clone from a rat corpus luteum complementary DNA library that proved to be identical in sequence to the rat anterior pituitary GnRH receptor. The distribution of the GnRH receptor messenger RNA (mRNA) was then determined in rat ovary using in situ hybridization. GnRH receptor(More)
Development-related paracrine cues that sensitize follicles to follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH) are crucial to the emergence of a single dominant follicle in each ovulatory menstrual cycle. Sex steroids, insulin-like growth factors and members of the transforming growth factor-beta superfamily are key players in the follicular(More)
Ovarian follicular development involves continual remodelling of the extracellular matrix (ECM) forming the basement membrane and intercellular framework that support granulosa cell (GC) growth and differentiation. Insight into the molecular regulation of ovarian ECM remodelling is potentially translatable to tissue remodelling elsewhere in the body. We(More)