Veronika Kučerová-Chrpová

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The processes of oocyte growth, acquisition of meiotic competence and meiotic maturation are regulated by a large number of molecules. One of them could be calcineurin consisting of catalytic subunit A (Aα, Aβ, Aγ isoforms) and regulatory subunit B (B1, B2 isoforms). Calcineurin is involved in the meiotic maturation of oocytes in invertebrates or in lower(More)
Pesticides can significantly harm reproduction in animals and people. Pyrethroids are often used as insecticides, and their toxicity for mammals is considered to be low. However, cypermethrin, deltamethrin and fenvalerate - as potent specific inhibitors of protein phosphatase calcineurin - can influence the meiosis of mammalian oocytes. The objective of(More)
Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) has been revealed to be a signal molecule with second messenger action in the somatic cells of many tissues, including the reproductive tract. The aim of this study was to address how exogenous H2S acts on the meiotic maturation of porcine oocytes, including key maturation factors such as MPF and MAPK, and cumulus expansion intensity(More)
Porcine oocytes that have matured in in vitro conditions undergo the process of aging during prolonged cultivation, which is manifested by spontaneous parthenogenetic activation, lysis or fragmentation of aged oocytes. This study focused on the role of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) in the process of porcine oocyte aging. H2S is a gaseous signaling molecule and is(More)
Hydrogen sulfide, one of three known gasotransmitters, is involved in physiological processes, including reproductive functions. Oocyte maturation and surrounding cumulus cell expansion play an essential role in female reproduction and subsequent embryonic development. Although the positive effects of exogenous hydrogen sulfide on maturing oocytes are well(More)
Calcineurin is required for oocyte exit from meiotic block in metaphase II (MII) stage in invertebrates and also in lower vertebrates. However, the role of calcineurin in mammalian oocyte activation is still unclear. The aim of this study was to determine whether calcineurin is involved in the processes regulating porcine oocyte activation. Indirect(More)
The processes of oocyte growth, acquisition of meiotic competence and meiotic maturation are regulated by a large number of molecules. One of them could be calcineurin consisting of catalytic subunit A (Aα, Aβ, Aγ isoforms) and regulatory subunit B (B1, B2 isoforms). Calcineurin is involved in the meiotic maturation of oocytes in invertebrates or in lower(More)
Mammalian meiotic maturation is regulated by changes in the phosphorylation state of proteins involved in signalling pathways. The regulatory proteins include the family of Src tyrosine kinases. Src family kinases (SFKs) are required for meiotic maturation of mouse oocytes, and it remains to be elucidated whether they play the same role in porcine oocytes.(More)
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