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J Wu, L Zhang, and X Wang

The purpose of this study was to determine the rates of maturation, fertilization and embryo development of ultrarapidly frozen immature oocytes (immature cumulus-oocyte complexes; COCs) obtained from antral follicles in ovaries of patients with chocolate ovarian cysts. The COCs were cryopreserved by a vitrification method using 5.5 mol ethylene glycol l (-1) plus 1.0 mol sucrose l (-1) in Dulbecco's PBS (DPBS). The survival, maturation and fertilization rates, and the percentage of embryos developing to the two-cell stage were 59, 64, 70 and 71%, respectively. No significant differences were noted in the rates of maturation, fertilization and embryo development between control and cryopreserved oocytes. Two embryos that developed from cryopreserved oocytes of the oocyte donor programme were selected for transfer into the uterus of a recipient with premature ovarian failure, after the recipient had received steroid replacement. A biochemical pregnancy occurred in the recipient after embryo transfer. These results indicate that immature oocytes can survive after cryopreservation and subsequently can be cultured to mature oocytes that are capable of undergoing fertilization in vitro and developing into embryos.

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J. M. Wang, L. Tao, X. L. Wu, L. X. Lin, J. Wu, M. Wang, and G. Y. Zhang

Summary. Concentrations of (+) and (−) gossypol were measured by high performance liquid chromatography after they were incubated with plasma proteins in vitro. The concentration of (−) gossypol decreased more than the concentration of (+) gossypol. A similar decrease in free gossypol concentrations in the blood plasma of rats was observed after intravenous infusion of gossypol enantiomers. The concentration of (−) gossypol was also found to be lower than the concentration of (+) gossypol at the blood–testis barrier. The biological effect of (−) gossypol probably results from its stereospecific binding to extra- and intracellular proteins in vivo and inhibition of the biological activity of some proteins.

Keywords: gossypol enantiomers; HPLC; protein binding; blood–testis barrier; rat

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J. M. Wang, C. H. Gu, L. Tao, and X. L. Wu

Summary. A moderate reduction in testicular blood flow was observed in both testes 24 h after unilateral efferent duct ligation without any corresponding change in testosterone secretion as indicated in the peripheral blood, in testicular venous blood, or in testicular tissue fluid. At 21 days a pronounced unilateral decrease in blood flow was associated with the extensive degeneration of tubules in the testis on the ligated side. These changes were also associated with decreased testosterone secretion by the testis on the ligated side, although Leydig cell function was not abolished since testosterone in the tissue increased rather than decreased. It is therefore concluded that testicular blood flow may play an important role in the changes of testosterone secretion that follow unilateral efferent duct ligation.