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Follicular hormone dynamics during the midcycle surge of gonadotropins in women undergoing fertility treatment

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Changes in concentrations of intra-follicular hormones during ovulation are important for final oocyte maturation and endometrial priming to ensure reproductive success. As no human studies have investigated these changes in detail, our objective was to describe the dynamics of major follicular fluid (FF) hormones and transcription of steroidogenic enzymes and steroid receptors in human granulosa cells (GCs) during ovulation. We conducted a prospective cohort study at a public fertility clinic in 2016-2018. Fifty women undergoing ovarian stimulation for fertility treatment were included. From each woman, FF and GCs were collected by transvaginal ultrasound-guided follicle puncture of one follicle at two specific time points during ovulation, and the study covered a total of five time points: before ovulation induction (OI), 12, 17, 32 and 36 h after OI. Follicular fluid concentrations of oestradiol, progesterone, androstenedione, testosterone, 17-hydroxyprogesterone, anti-Mullerian hormone, inhibin A and inhibin B were measured using ELISA assays, and a statistical mixed model was used to analyse differences in hormone levels between time points. Gene expression of 33 steroidogenic enzymes and six hormone receptors in GCs across ovulation were assessed by microarray analysis, and selected genes were validated by quantitative reverse transcription PCR. We found that concentrations of oestradiol, testosterone, progesterone, AMH, inhibin A and inhibin B (P < 0.001) and gene expression of 12 steroidogenic enzymes and five receptors (false discovery rate < 0.0001) changed significantly during ovulation. Furthermore, we found parallel changes in plasma hormones. The substantial changes in follicular hormone production during ovulation highlight their importance for reproductive success.

Original languageEnglish
JournalMolecular Human Reproduction
Volume26
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)256-268
Number of pages13
ISSN1360-9947
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Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2020

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  • LH, dynamics, inhibin, oocyte maturation, ovulation, steroid hormones, steroidogenic enzymes, transcription

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