Kobayashi M, Yamoto M, Minami S, Imai M, Nakano R. Immunohistochemical localization of inhibin α- and βA-subunits in the ovary of immature female rats. Eur J Endocrinol 1995;132:97–102. ISSN 0804–4643.
Immunohistochemical localization of inhibin α- and βA-subunits was examined in the ovaries of immature female rats. The granulosa cells in various sized ovarian follicles obtained from rats that were 10–24 days old exhibited positive staining for inhibin α- and βA-subunits. The relative intensities of immunostaining for α- and βA-subunits increased during follicular growth and maturation. Ova and internal thecal cells did not show any immunostaining for inhibin α- and/or βA-subunits. These results suggest that granulosa cells of immature rat ovaries may produce inhibin from the 10th day after birth, and that an increase in the number of mature ovarian follicles results in an increase in inhibin production in the immature rat ovary during prepubertal development.
Mitsuko Kobayashi, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Wakayama Medical College, 1 shichibancho, Wakayama 640, Japan