Theca: the forgotten cell of the ovarian follicle.

  title={Theca: the forgotten cell of the ovarian follicle.},
  author={Julia M. Young and Alan McNeilly},
  volume={140 4},
Theca cells function in a diverse range of necessary roles during folliculogenesis; to synthesize androgens, provide crosstalk with granulosa cells and oocytes during development, and provide structural support of the growing follicle as it progresses through the developmental stages to produce a mature and fertilizable oocyte. Thecal cells are thought to be recruited from surrounding stromal tissue by factors secreted from an activated primary follicle. The precise origin and identity of these… CONTINUE READING

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