Vol 44, No 3 (2006)
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Androgen receptor in early apoptotic follicles in the porcine ovary at pregnancy.

Maria Słomczyńska, Zbigniew Tabarowski, Małgorzata Duda, Małgorzata Burek, Katarzyna Knapczyk
Folia Histochem Cytobiol 2006;44(3):185-188.


Localization of androgen receptor (AR) was investigated in ovarian follicles developing and undergoing atresia during pregnancy in the pig. Immunohistochemical staining was conducted on ovarian antral follicles isolated on different days of gestation: 10, 18, 32, 50, 70, and 90. Paraffin sections were also subjected to in situ DNA labeling. TUNEL staining revealed the presence of positive follicles on all days of pregnancy but the amount of atretic follicles increased with time. However, even on day 90 of gestation many follicles were normal, with no signs of atresia. In atretic follicles, apoptotic cells were localized predominantly in the granulosa while theca was much less affected. Atretic follicles with many apoptotic cells were negative for AR. Nuclear immunostaining for AR was positive in follicles with limited amount of apoptotic cells. The same relationship was observed in ovarian follicles isolated at various days of pregnancy.

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