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Zoological Research
Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
ISSN: 2095-8137
Vol. 29, No. 6, 2008, pp. 603-607
Bioline Code: zr08092
Full paper language: Chinese
Document type: Research Article
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Zoological Research, Vol. 29, No. 6, 2008, pp. 603-607

 en Cloning of Rabbit Bone Morphogenetic Protein 15 and Its Expression During in vitro Maturation of Rabbit Oocytes
Yin, Ping; Ji, Jing-qiang; Li, Lin & Ding, Jia-tong


Partial cDNA sequence of rabbit BMP15 was cloned by RT-PCR from rabbit ovaries, showing a similarity of 83%−90% with the BMP15 nucleotide sequences in humans, mice, ovine, sheep, cows and pigs. The expression of BMP15 in rabbit cumulus-oocyte complexs during oocytes in vitro maturation (IVM) was measured by fluorescent quantitative RT-PCR method. BMP15 was expressed at low levels in immature oocytes and increased to the highest level at 16 h of IVM, which coincides with the time of cumulus cell expansion, then declined slowly under IVM cultivation. The expression pattern of BMP15 suggested that it might be important in cumulus expansion in rabbits.

Rabbit; Bone morphogenetic protein 15; Oocyte; Gene cloning; Fluorescent quantitative RT-PCR

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