Follistatin 344 1mg


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Follistatin is a single-chain gonadal protein that specifically inhibits follicle-stimulating hormone release. The single FST gene encodes two isoforms, FST317 and FST344 containing 317 and 344 amino acids respectively, resulting from alternative splicing of the precursor mRNA. In a study in which 37 candidate genes were tested for linkage and association with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or hyperandrogenemia in 150 families, evidence was found for linkage between PCOS and follistatin. Follistatin binds directly to activin and functions as an activin antagonist. specific inhibitor of the biosynthesis and secretion of pituitary follicle stimulating hormone (fsh).

The presence of activin receptors on oocytes and granulosa cells suggests that activin and its binding protein, follistatin, may regulate oocyte maturation. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether activin-A and follistatin can influence the in vitro maturation of bovine oocytes as assessed by their competence to form blastocysts after in vitro fertilization. Bovine cumulus oocyte complexes (COCs) were cultured for 22-24 h at 38.5 degrees C in tissue culture medium-199 supplemented with 10% estrous cow serum, eCG (2.5 IU/ml), and either no treatment (control), activin-A (0.1 or 0.5 microg/ml), follistatin (0.1, 1, or 10 microg/ml), or activin-A (0.5 microg/ml) in combination with follistatin (0.5 or 5 microg/ml). In separate experiments, the same treatments were also tested on cumulus-free oocytes, which had a much reduced developmental capacity when compared to COCs. Neither activin-A nor follistatin affected the postfertilization cleavage rate of either COCs (approximately 60%) or cumulus-free oocytes (approximately 40%). Activin increased (p < 0.05) the proportion of cleaved oocytes that reached the blastocyst stage when added to both COCs (38% increase) and cumulus-free oocytes (160% increase), with the magnitude of response much greater with the latter. Follistatin had a dose-dependent inhibitory effect on blastocyst yield from COCs (67% reduction, p < 0.05) and opposed the stimulatory effect of activin (p < 0.05). With cumulus-free oocytes, however, follistatin did not further decrease the low developmental potential of oocytes. A positive correlation (r = 0.57, p < 0.001) was found between endogenous levels of activin-A produced by COCs and their postcleavage development to the blastocyst stage. No such correlation was found between endogenous follistatin level and postcleavage development (r = 0.10, p = 0.46). Endogenous levels of activin-A and follistatin secreted by cumulus-free oocytes were undetectable. These in vitro observations support the hypothesis that activin-A and follistatin, both secretory products of cumulus cells, contribute to the regulation of oocyte maturation in vivo.

Product: Follistatin 344 / Unit Size: 1 mg/vial
CAS NO. 80449-31-6
Molecular Formula: C13H16O3
Appearance: White Powder
Synonyms: Follistatin 344 , Follistatin 
Country of manufacture: USA

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The latter article is intended for educational / informational purposes only. THIS PRODUCT IS INTENDED AS A RESEARCH PEPTIDE ONLY. This designation allows the use of research peptides strictly for in vitro testing and laboratory experimentation only. Bodily introduction of any kind into humans or animals is strictly forbidden by law.

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