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A specific 85-97-kDa (95-kDa) glycoprotein was found in bovine oviductal tissue and fluid during the follicular phase. In this study, a 95-kDa bovine oviductal glycoprotein (95-kDa BOGP) was purified by wheat germ agglutinin affinity and Mono-Q ion-exchange column chromatography. The first 29 NH2-terminal amino acid residues were determined by gas-phase(More)
The objective of this study was to identify factors that would allow the establishment of a serum-free culture system that could support follicular and oocyte growth, antrum formation, and estradiol-17beta (E(2)) production in preantral follicles of bovine ovaries. Large preantral follicles (145-170 micro m in diameter) were microsurgically dissected from(More)
Growth differentiation factor-9 (GDF-9), a member of the transforming growth factor-beta superfamily, is known to be expressed specifically in ovaries of various mammalian species and to be important for normal follicular development in mice. In the present study, a cDNA encoding for bovine GDF-9 was isolated and characterized, and expression of GDF-9 mRNA(More)
A member of the chitinase protein family, oviduct-specific glycoprotein (OGP), can directly associate with gametes or with the early embryo in the oviduct. Although the glycoprotein is widely distributed among mammalian species and there is indirect evidence concerning the involvement of the molecule in the fertilization process, its physiological functions(More)
Eggs were isolated from ovaries and oviducts of the golden hamster and the components of zonae pellucidae were examined using density gradient SDS-polyacrylamide electrophoresis. Zonae of ovarian eggs (ZP-OVA) had three major components corresponding to the so-called ZP-1, ZP-2, and ZP-3. Zonae of recently ovulated eggs collected from oviducts (ZP-OVI) had(More)
The present study was conducted to establish a porcine cell line from blastocysts produced in vitro and to examine the developmental ability of nuclear transfer embryos reconstituted with the cells and enucleated mature oocytes. When hatched blastocysts were cultured in Dulbecco's modified Eagle's medium with supplements, no colonies of embryo-derived cells(More)
In the cow, a specific glycoprotein--bovine oviduct-specific glycoprotein (BOGP)--is secreted by the epithelial cells of the oviduct at the follicular stage of the estrous cycle. In this study, we examined the effects of purified BOGP on the viability and motility of bovine spermatozoa in culture in vitro. Frozen-thawed bovine spermatozoa were incubated in(More)
A bovine oviduct-specific glycoprotein (BOGP) that sustained the viability of bovine spermatozoa in vitro was purified from an extract of bovine oviducts. The amino-terminal amino acid sequence of BOGP was found to be a homologous with that of oviductin, a protein from hamster that was recently characterized by Mallete and Bleau (1993: Biochem. J. 295,(More)
Essential factors required for growing oocytes derived from bovine early antral follicles and their mechanisms of action are poorly understood. Fibroblast growth factor 7 (FGF7) is a member of the heparin-binding FGF family with a distinctive pattern of target-cell specificity. The effect of FGF7 on the stimulation of oocyte growth in a culture of(More)
There is growing evidence that the oviduct is not a passive conduit for gamete and embryo transport but serves a function for the gametes and/or embryos. The oviductal epithelium secretes one or more specific glycoproteins that associate with the egg after ovulation. Several published reports including our preliminary studies have suggested that the(More)