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J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 1992 Feb;74(2):458-60.

Human granulosa-luteal and cumulus cells express transforming growth factors-beta type 1 and type 2 mRNA.

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Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27710.


Human granulosa-luteal cells and cumulus cells obtained from women undergoing in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer (IVF-ET) were examined for the presence of TGF-beta 1 and TGF-beta 2 mRNA by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) analysis. RT-PCR analysis revealed that both follicle cell types express mRNA for both TGF-beta subtypes. Verification of RT-PCR products was done by restriction enzyme digestion analysis. These results suggest a role(s) for TGF-beta 1 and TGF-beta 2 in the development of human granulosa-luteal cells and the oocyte-cumulus cell complex.

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