Comparison of aryl hydrocarbon receptor gene expression in laser dissected granulosa cell layers of immature rat ovaries.
In order to understand ovarian toxicity of aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) agonists, in situ gene expression of the AhR was examined during follicle development in immature rats. In situ hybridization on frozen sections of ovaries from 24-day-old Sprague-Dawley rats showed that the AhR mRNA was localized in the granulosa cells and occasionally in the theca cells of the follicles irrespective of the developmental stage. In situ gene quantification on granulosa cell layers collected by laser microdissection further revealed that the granulosa cells expressed less AhR mRNA according to development of belonging follicles, but more beta-subunit of inhibin A mRNA, a quality control gene. These results may help to elucidate vulnerable developmental stages of follicles to toxicities of the AhR agonists. (+info)
Isolation of disseminated neuroblastoma cells from bone marrow aspirates for pretreatment risk assessment by array comparative genomic hybridization.