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Lack of effect of oocytectomy on expansion of the porcine cumulus.

Oocyte-cumulus cell complexes (OCC) and complexes with an attached piece of membrana granulosa (C + P), isolated from prepubertal or cyclic gilts stimulated with pregnant mares' serum gonadotrophin, were cultured in media supplemented with follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH; 0.01-1.0 micrograms/ml) or forskolin (50-100 mumol/l) for 24 and 32 h. FSH and forskolin each induced dose-dependent cumulus and membrana granulosa expansion. After 2 h of culture, FSH (0.1 microgram/ml) or forskolin (100 mumol/l) increased the contents of intracellular adenosine 3',5'-phosphate (cAMP) in OCC from prepubertal gilts to almost 10 times that in unstimulated complexes. After 24 h of culture in media supplemented with FSH (0.1 microgram/ml) or forskolin (100 mumol/l), the oocytectomized OCC and C + P showed similar expansion to that of the control groups. The intracellular cAMP contents in intact and oocytectomized OCCs were similar in all groups except those treated with FSH, in which the intact OCCs had significantly higher contents than their oocytectomized counterparts (P less than 0.01). After hyaluronidase treatment, cumulus and membrana granulosa cells of intact and oocytectomized OCC and C + P were suspended, except for those of the innermost layers of the corona radiata. The results suggest that increases in cAMP contents and synthesis of an extracellular, hyaluronidase-sensitive mucus by pig OCC and C + P induced by FSH or forskolin are not dependent on the oocyte.[1]


  1. Lack of effect of oocytectomy on expansion of the porcine cumulus. Procházka, R., Nagyová, E., Rimkevicová, Z., Nagai, T., Kikuchi, K., Motlík, J. J. Reprod. Fertil. (1991) [Pubmed]
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