Epidermal growth factor (EGF) receptor ligands in the chicken ovary: I. Evidence for heparin-binding EGF-like growth factor (HB-EGF) as a potential oocyte-derived signal to control granulosa cell proliferation and HB-EGF and kit ligand expression.


There is increasing evidence that epidermal growth factor (EGF) receptor (EGFR) ligand and Kit ligand (KL) play critical roles in controlling follicular development in mammals. Because little is known about their expressions in the ovary of nonmammalian vertebrate, our study aimed to examine the expression, hormonal regulation, and interaction of HB-EGF and… (More)