Correlation between human ovarian follicular atresia and follicular fluid (FF1) inhibin-F content

K. Tanabe, C. P. Channing, D. J. Hoover, P. Gagliono, P. Lebech, J. Sulewski, N. Rezai

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Inhibin-F activity and steroid contents were measured in human FF1. There was a significant negative correlation between FF1 inhibin-F content and Δ4-androstenedione: estrogen ratio. Inhibin-F content in atretic follicular phase follicles and in cystic follicles were significantly lower (p<.05) than that of viable follicular phase follicles. There was a lower inhibib-F content in luteal phase follicles than in viable follicles. These data suggest that inhibin-F activity in FF1 reflects follicular viability and that luteal phase follicles have lower inhibin-F levels probably because many are atretic. The lack of inhibin-F in atretic follicles during the luteal phase may in part along with changes in circulating steroids be responsible for the rise in serum FSH which can in turn recruit new follicles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-232
Number of pages2
JournalAdvances in the Biosciences
Issue numberC
StatePublished - Dec 1 1982
Externally publishedYes


  • Inhibin-F
  • follicular atresia
  • human follicular fluid


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