Steroid secretion by cumulus cells isolated from human preovulatory follicles.


The secretion of progesterone, testosterone, and oestradiol by intact human oocyte-cumulus complexes in vitro was examined in incubations lasting 6-24 h. The complexes were aspirated from preovulatory follicles in 32 women who, due to tubal disease, were participating in an in vitro fertilization program. In 12 of the women follicular maturation was induced… (More)


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