New evidences for the involvement of 20beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase in final oocyte maturation of air-breathing catfish.

20beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase (20beta-HSD) synthesizes 17alpha,20beta-dihdroxy-4-pregnen-3-one, the steroid required for resumption of prophase-I arrested oocytes in teleosts. Though 20beta-HSD cDNAs have been cloned from few fish species, its role in final oocyte maturation (FOM) is still questionable. To study the role of 20beta-HSD in FOM more… (More)