Cumulus cell gene expression following the LH surge in bovine preovulatory follicles: potential early markers of oocyte competence.

@article{Assidi2010CumulusCG,
  title={Cumulus cell gene expression following the LH surge in bovine preovulatory follicles: potential early markers of oocyte competence.},
  author={Mourad Assidi and Steph J Dieleman and Marc-Andr{\'e} Sirard},
  journal={Reproduction},
  year={2010},
  volume={140 6},
  pages={835-52}
}
Cumulus cells (CCs) are essential for oocytes to reach full development competency and become fertilized. Many major functional properties of CCs are triggered by gonadotropins and governed by the oocyte. Consequently, cumulus may reflect oocyte quality and is often used for oocyte selection. The most visible function of CCs is their ability for rapid extracellular matrix expansion after the LH surge. Although unexplained, LH induces the final maturation and improves oocyte quality. To study… CONTINUE READING

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