Wolfgang Tomek

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In somatic cells, the serine/threonine kinase Akt (or protein kinase B) was shown to contribute to processes linked to cellular growth, cell survival and cell cycle regulation. In contrast to these findings, the function of Akt during the meiosis of mammalian oocytes remains to be investigated. We analysed the phosphorylation pattern and the activity of Akt(More)
The detection of galectin-1 (gal-1) in pig granulosa cell lysates by immunoblotting and its cytosolic as well as membrane-associated localization prompted us to study its effects on cell proliferation and regulation of progesterone synthesis. The lectin stimulated the proliferation of granulosa cells from pig ovaries cultured in serum-free medium. Gal-1(More)
BACKGROUND Placenta-derived oestrogens have an impact on the growth and differentiation of the trophoblast, and are involved in processes initiating and facilitating birth. The enzyme that converts androgens into oestrogens, aromatase cytochrome P450 (P450arom), is encoded by the Cyp19 gene. In the placenta of the cow, expression of Cyp19 relies on promoter(More)
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