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Article: Effect of photoperiod on the distribution patterns of androgen receptors and steroid hormone concentrations in ovaries of bank voles.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Cellular distribution patterns of the androgen receptor in ovaries of female bank voles, born and reared in long (18:6; LD) or short (6:18; SD) photoperiods, have been studied to understand effects of androgens in female gonads. The photoperiod is one of the most important factors in bank voles, which are seasonal breeders, that regulates both morphology and hormonal function of the ovary. Androgen receptors were visualized immunocytochemically, using a specific monoclonal antibody against androgen receptor protein. LD ovaries contained more follicles and showed a different androgen receptor distribution pattern than SD ovaries. In LD ovaries, androgen receptors were strongly expressed in granulosa cells of primordial, primary, and preantral follicles as well as in theca and stromal cells. Positivity was moderate and limited to antral and cumulus regions in large follicles of LD ovaries. In contrast, androgen receptor immunopositivity was intense in the granulosa layer, theca and interstitial cells of large follicles of SD ovaries. A novel observation was the very intense immunostaining of oocyte cytoplasm in primordial and primary unilaminar follicles of LD ovaries. It can be concluded that the androgen receptor is involved in the maturation of oocytes.Acta Histochemica 02/2003; 105(2):175-81. · 1.83 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Regulation of progesterone receptor (PR) expression has been studied in many species. However, precise studies have not yet been performed in the porcine ovary. We have examined the localization of PR in follicles and corpora lutea of the porcine ovary at different stages of their development. The effects of LH and FSH on PR expression in granulosa cells of small antral follicles was also studied. Immunohistochemistry was applied to determine the distribution of PR while immunoblot analysis showed that two isoforms A and B were present. Early antral follicles contained PR in the granulosa layer. In granulosa cells of small and medium antral follicles PR was not detected whereas it was present in the theca layer. Before ovulation, PR was found in both granulosa and theca cells of large follicles and the staining intensity was very strong. FSH or LH treatment of small follicles (100 ng/ml) induced changes in cellular distribution patterns of PR. In both cases, PR was expressed in granulosa cells. PR was detected in corpora lutea in all 3 stages of the luteal phase. Our data show that in the pig ovary changes in PR localization are stage-specific and suggest that expression of PR is positively regulated by both LH and FSH.Acta Histochemica.