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Oocytes from Adult Ovaries: First and Second Meiotic Divisions

  • Berta-Margareta Uebele-Kallhardt

Abstract

The originally large number of germ cells, which reaches a maximum of approximately 6,000,000 during the fifth month postconception, is already being reduced in the fetal ovary because of cell degeneration; this process continues even in the adult ovary. The number of oocytes at the beginning of puberty has been estimated at 100,000, only 300–400 of which ever mature during the reproductive life span.

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Zona Pellucida Polar Body Meiotic Division Follicle Cell Germinal Vesicle 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Berta-Margareta Uebele-Kallhardt
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Department of Clinical GeneticsUniversity of UlmWest Germany

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