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Kit ligand promotes the transition from primordial to primary follicles after in vitro culture of ovine ovarian tissue

  • A.Y.P. Cavalcante (a1), B.B. Gouveia (a1), R.S. Barberino (a1), T.L.B.G. Lins (a1), L.P. Santos (a1), R.J.S. Gonçalves (a1), J.J.H. Celestino (a2) and M.H.T. Matos (a3) (a1)...


This study evaluated the effects of kit ligand (KL) on the morphology and development of ovine preantral follicles (fresh control) and after 7 days of in vitro culture in α-Minimal Essential Medium (α-MEM; control medium) or the presence of KL (1, 10, 50, 100 or 200 ng/ml). There was an increase in the percentage of primary follicles at the concentration of 100 ng/ml KL, compared with the fresh control, control medium (α-MEM) and the other KL concentrations. Follicle diameter was significantly higher than the control medium only at concentrations of 50 and 100 ng/ml KL. In conclusion, 100 ng/ml KL promoted the transition from primordial to primary follicles (follicular activation) after in vitro culture of ovine ovarian tissue.


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All correspondence to: M.H.T. Matos. Universidade Federal do Vale do São Francisco (UNIVASF), Campus de Ciências Agrárias. Colegiado de Medicina Veterinária – Laboratório de Biologia Celular, Citologia e Histologia, Rodovia BR 407, Km 12, Lote 543 – Projeto de Irrigação Nilo Coelho – S/N, C1, CEP: 56300-990, Petrolina, PE, Brasil. Tel: +55 87 2101 4839. E-mail:


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