Journal article

Luteal peptides and their genes as important markers of ovarian differentiation

R Ivell, R Bathgate, N Walther

JOURNAL OF REPRODUCTION AND FERTILITY | SOC REPRODUCTION FERTILITY | Published : 1999

Abstract

Secreted peptide hormones and components of the steroidogenic machinery are molecules that are expressed usually in high amounts and in a time- and cell-specific fashion within the cells that give rise to the bovine corpus luteum. They thus serve as useful markers for the events occurring within the nuclei of these cells that result in differentiation and the expression of the specific luteal phenotype. We have studied the bovine genes of three such luteal products: oxytocin, the new relaxin-like factor (RLF), and the steroidogenic acute regulatory protein (StAR). The oxytocin gene is expressed in the granulosal cells of the preovulatory follicle and in the large luteal cells of the immediat..

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