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Proteomes of animal oocytes: what can we learn for human oocytes in the in vitro fertilization programme?

Authors
  • Virant-Klun, Irma
  • Krijgsveld, Jeroen
Type
Published Article
Journal
BioMed Research International
Publisher
Hindawi Limited
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2014
Volume
2014
Pages
856907–856907
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1155/2014/856907
PMID: 24804254
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Oocytes are crucial cells for mammalian reproduction, yet the molecular principles underlying oocyte development are only partially understood. Therefore, contemporary proteomic approaches have been used increasingly to provide new insights into oocyte quality and maturation in various species such as mouse, pig, and cow. Especially, animal studies have helped in elucidating the molecular status of oocytes during in vitro maturation and other procedures of assisted reproduction. The aim of this review is to summarize the literature on mammalian oocyte proteome and secretome research in the light of natural and assisted reproduction and on lessons to be learned for human oocytes, which have so far remained inaccessible for proteome analysis.

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