Influence of ovarian surface epithelium and rete ovarii on follicle formation.

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Influence of ovarian surface epithelium and rete ovarii on follicle formation.

Publication Date
Feb 01, 1977
Source
PMC
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  • Medicine
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Abstract

Early follicle development has been studied in mouse ovaries grafted to immunologically incompetent hosts. Early follicular formation and growth is apparently dependent on the presence of the rete ovarii: the surface epithelium does not seem to play a decisive role. This was shown in transplantation studies of fetal gonads which had been divided into parts with and without the rete ovarii. None of the rete-depleted ovaries exhibited normal follicular differentiation regardless of the presence or absence of the surface epithelium, whereas follicles developed normally in all the implants containing the rete system.

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