Pregnancy-associated plasma protein-A gene expression in human ovaries is restricted to healthy follicles and corpora lutea.

Recently, Pregnancy-Associated Plasma Protein-A (PAPP-A) in human follicular fluid was identified as an insulin-like growth factor binding protein-4 protease (IGFBP-4ase). The ability of IGFBP-4ase to inactivate the FSH antagonist, IGFBP-4, has suggested a possible role for PAPP-A in regulating FSH action. Despite growing interest in this protease, the… CONTINUE READING