Stimulation of ovulation of the common frog Rana temporaria oocytes with homologous pituitary extract caused an increase in their volume. Factors that are known to inhibit hydration in teleostean oocytes (potassium-free Ringer solution and inhibitor of Na+,K+-ATPase—ouabain), as well as aquaporin inhibitors (mercuric chloride and methylmethanethiosulphonate) inhibited also homologous pituitary extract-induced volume increase in follicle-enclosed oocytes and led to reduced percentage of ovulated oocytes. Volume of denuded oocytes remained unchanged in the course of maturation when exposed to progesterone or other treatments. The data obtained suggest that stimulation of oocyte ovulation in the common frog caused an increase in their hydration that is necessary for their ovulation but this did not occur in denuded cells.
Russian Journal of Developmental Biology – Springer Journals
Published: Jul 12, 2013
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