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See detailUltrastructural Cytochemistry of the Nucleolus in Rat Oocytes at the End of the Folliculogenesis
Antoine, Nadine ULg; Lepoint, A.; Baeckeland, Edgard ULg et al

in Histochemistry (1988), 89(3), 221-6

Various ultrastructural changes occur during follicular growth in the rat oocyte nucleolus. The nucleolus, which has a reticulated fibrillogranular structure at the primordial and primary follicle stages ... [more ▼]

Various ultrastructural changes occur during follicular growth in the rat oocyte nucleolus. The nucleolus, which has a reticulated fibrillogranular structure at the primordial and primary follicle stages, becomes entirely compact and is made up of a conspicuous and homogeneous mass at the antral follicle stage. In order to define the nature and the functions of this homogeneous mass, cytochemical methods allowing detection of nucleic acids, proteins and lipids were performed at the light microscopic and ultrastructural levels. The results obtained suggest that this nucleolar mass is probably composed of acid proteins which are not silver stained. This proteinaceous mass could be a special kind of nucleolar secretion providing material for meiotic resumption in the oocyte. Cytochemical researches now in progress should supply new information concerning the exact nature and the role of the nucleolar compact mass, which is the essential nucleolar component at the antral follicle stage and which really plays a role in the nucleolus in the first stages of embryogenesis. [less ▲]

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