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Altered, Transcription of genes by AR leads to Reduced granulosa cell proliferation

Upstream event
Upstream event in the Key Event Relationship. On the KER page, clicking on the Event name under Upstream Relationship will bring the user to that individual KE page. More help
Downstream event
Downstream event in the Key Event Relationship. On the KER page, clicking on the Event name under Upstream Relationship will bring the user to that individual KE page. More help

Key Event Relationship Overview

The utility of AOPs for regulatory application is defined, to a large extent, by the confidence and precision with which they facilitate extrapolation of data measured at low levels of biological organisation to predicted outcomes at higher levels of organisation and the extent to which they can link biological effect measurements to their specific causes. Within the AOP framework, the predictive relationships that facilitate extrapolation are represented by the KERs. Consequently, the overall WoE for an AOP is a reflection in part, of the level of confidence in the underlying series of KERs it encompasses. Therefore, describing the KERs in an AOP involves assembling and organising the types of information and evidence that defines the scientific basis for inferring the probable change in, or state of, a downstream KE from the known or measured state of an upstream KE. More help

AOPs Referencing Relationship

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AOP Name Adjacency Weight of Evidence Quantitative Understanding Point of Contact Author Status OECD Status
Androgen receptor (AR) antagonism leading to decreased fertility in females adjacent Moderate Low Terje Svingen (send email) Under development: Not open for comment. Do not cite

Taxonomic Applicability

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Term Scientific Term Evidence Link
human Homo sapiens Low NCBI
mouse Mus musculus High NCBI
rat Rattus norvegicus High NCBI
Pig Pig High NCBI
cow Bos taurus Moderate NCBI

Sex Applicability

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Sex Evidence
Female Not Specified

Life Stage Applicability

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Term Evidence
During development and at adulthood High

Key Event Relationship Description

Provide a brief, descriptive summation of the KER. While the title itself is fairly descriptive, this section can provide details that aren’t inherent in the description of the KEs themselves (see page 39 of the User Handbook). This description section can be viewed as providing the increased specificity in the nature of upstream perturbation (KEupstream) that leads to a particular downstream perturbation (KEdownstream), while allowing the KE descriptions to remain generalised so they can be linked to different AOPs. The description is also intended to provide a concise overview for readers who may want a brief summation, without needing to read through the detailed support for the relationship (covered below). Careful attention should be taken to avoid reference to other KEs that are not part of this KER, other KERs or other AOPs. This will ensure that the KER is modular and can be used by other AOPs. More help

Decreased transcription of genes that are downstream to androgen receptor activation leads to reduced granulosa cell proliferation of the gonadotropin-independent ovarian follicles. Therefore, the follicle growth to the antral stage is attenuated.

Evidence Supporting this KER

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Biological Plausibility
Define, in free text, the biological rationale for a connection between KEupstream and KEdownstream. What are the structural or functional relationships between the KEs? For example, there is a functional relationship between an enzyme’s activity and the product of a reaction it catalyses. Supporting references should be included. However, it is recognised that there may be cases where the biological relationship between two KEs is very well established, to the extent that it is widely accepted and consistently supported by so much literature that it is unnecessary and impractical to cite the relevant primary literature. Citation of review articles or other secondary sources, like text books, may be reasonable in such cases. The primary intent is to provide scientifically credible support for the structural and/or functional relationship between the pair of KEs if one is known. The description of biological plausibility can also incorporate additional mechanistic details that help inform the relationship between KEs, this is useful when it is not practical/pragmatic to represent these details as separate KEs due to the difficulty or relative infrequency with which it is likely to be measured (see page 40 of the User Handbook for further information).   More help

AR is a ligand-activated nuclear transcription factor expressed in the ovaries across mammalian species, including humans (Gervásio, Bernuci, Silva-de-Sá, & Rosa-e-Silva, 2014). In humans, both mRNA and protein of AR are present in the oocyte, stroma cells, theca cells, but most prominently in granulosa cells of preantral follicles (Gervásio et al., 2014).

In the rodent ovary, AR mRNA and protein are present in the oocyte, theca and granulosa cells (Gill, Jamnongjit, & Hammes, 2004; Hirai, Hirata, Osada, Hagihara, & Kato, 1994; Szoltys & Slomczynska, 2000; Tetsuka & Hillier, 1996; Tetsuka et al., 1995). In the bovine and ovine ovary, AR mRNA is present in granulosa and theca cells, and most prominently in granulosa of preantral and antral follicles (Hampton, Manikkam, Lubahn, Smith, & Garverick, 2004; Juengel, Heath, Quirke, & McNatty, 2006). In the porcine ovary, AR mRNA is mainly expressed in the granulosa cells until the antral stage (Cárdenas & Pope, 2002; Slomczynska, Duda, & Sl zak, 2001). In the non-human primate ovary, AR mRNA and protein is present in theca, but mainly granulosa cells of preantral and antral follicles (Hillier, Tetsuka, & Fraser, 1997; S. J. Weil et al., 1998).

In human follicles, the expression of the AR transcript is observed after the primordial stage and is most pronounced during the preantral stage (Rice, Ojha, Whitehead, & Mason, 2007). Throughout early folliculogenesis, AR expression controls transcription of genes involved in promoting growth and differentiation of granulosa cells and formation of antrum (Gervásio et al., 2014). Genes under the control of AR that are involved in these processes include Kit ligand (kitl), Bone morphogenetic protein 15 (bmp15), and Hepatocyte growth factor (hgf) (Astapova, Minor, & Hammes, 2019; Prizant, Gleicher, & Sen, 2014).

In the monkey ovary, high levels of AR mRNA correlates with high levels of granulosa cell proliferation (K. A. Vendola, Zhou, Adesanya, Weil, & Bondy, 1998; S. J. Weil et al., 1998) Increased AR activation is associated with increased follicle growth and increased granulosa cell proliferation in preantral rat follicles (Lim, Han, Lee, & Tsang, 2017), supporting the important role for AR during this developmental stage.

AR may mediate preantral follicle growth through FSHR, supported by studies correlating mRNA levels of AR and FSHR in granulosa cells of small antral follicles (Nielsen et al., 2011; S. Weil, Vendola, Zhou, & Bondy, 1999). In mice, FSH-mediated in vitro follicle growth is increased by androgens (Sen et al., 2014), suggesting that androgens through AR may act synergistically with FSHR, which in turn increases preantral follicle growth.

AR activation has been associated with IGF-1 and IGFR-1 and other key factors of the IGF signaling pathway, which is essential for granulosa growth and differentiation (Baumgarten et al., 2014; K. Vendola et al., 1999). In human granulosa cells of primordial and primary follicles, AR and IGF-related factors are highly enriched at the transcriptional level (Steffensen, Ernst, Amoushahi, Ernst, & Lykke-Hartmann, 2018).

AR activation affects the level of connexins, proteins that form gap junctions between granulosa cells and the oocyte and hence regulate intracellular communication; a prerequisite for folliculogenesis (Kamal, Ibrahim, & Mokhtar, 2020).

In humans, the importance of AR in follicular growth becomes evident with the beneficial effects of androgens in IVF outcomes (Bosdou et al., 2012; Casson, Lindsay, Pisarska, Carson, & Buster, 2000; Fábregues et al., 2009; C.-H. Kim et al., 2014; C. H. Kim, Howles, & Lee, 2011; Noventa et al., 2019; Petya Andreeva, Ivelina Oprova, Luboslava Valkova, Petya Chaveeva, Ivanka Dimova, 2020). Although the mechanism remains elusive, it has been suggested that androgen priming of women seeking fertility treatment promotes follicle growth resulting in an increase in the FSH-sensitive follicle pool (Hu et al., 2017). Gene expression studies in human small antral follicles reveal a significant association of AR and FSHR levels, suggesting that the increase in follicle growth could be mediated through regulating androgen receptor transcription in granulosa cells (Hu et al., 2017; Nielsen et al., 2011). Epidemiological studies have shown that upon androgen pretreatment, increase in the number of antral follicles and mean follicular diameter were observed (Balasch et al., 2006; C. H. Kim et al., 2011). This increase supports the hypothesis that androgen receptor signaling is important for early follicle growth. Studies observing no effects upon androgen pre-treatment claim that dose and duration of the selected androgen might lead to contradicting results (Yeung et al., 2014).

Further human evidence that supports the importance of androgen actions in follicle development are cases of hypoandrogenism. Lower levels of DHEA or TT have been associated with women that have diminished ovarian reserve or premature ovarian aging (Gleicher et al., 2013). In the case of primary adrenal insufficiency, androgen deficient patients exhibit significantly reduced fertility (Erichsen, Husebye, Michelsen, Dahl, & Løvås, 2010).

Conclusions on the androgen significance can also be drawn from clinical evidence where women are exposed to androgen excess.  Hyperandrogenism in the case of congenital adrenal hyperplasia and exogenous androgen treatments in trans males leads to polycystic ovaries (K. A. Walters & Handelsman, 2018). This indicated that the androgens stimulate early follicle growth and inhibit further maturation (K. A. Walters & Handelsman, 2018). In polycystic ovarian syndrome, a syndrome characterized by accumulation of small antral follicles in the ovarian cortex, a plausible cause for this morphology is hyperandrogenaemia (Balen, Laven, Tan, & Dewailly, 2003; Lebbe & Woodruff, 2013).

Uncertainties and Inconsistencies
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Genomic and non-genomic effects are not distinguished in the studies included in the KER analysis. Hence, it cannot be concluded that all observations are solely due to perturbed transcription. However, since AR transcribes genes necessary for early folliculogenesis (kitlg, bmp15, hgf), it is reasonable to assume that genomic mechanisms are involved.

Other uncertainties to consider: different anti-androgenic compounds have different effects on the AR (e.g. different IC50, Cmax); compounds that are anti-androgenic may affect also other mechanisms/modalities; downstream effects of perturbed AR transcriptional function might depend on the duration of exposure as well as the developmental stage of the follicles. In humans, effects can be inconclusive since a part of the population can have androgen-related conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)(Gleicher, Weghofer, & Barad, 2011).

Response-response Relationship
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The nature of the response-response relationship between decreased AR activation and reduced granulosa cell proliferation is not clear. Some of the aforementioned studies claim the effects were dose-dependent; however, the limited number of concentrations tested prevents a solid conclusion (Murray et al., 1998; Wang et al., 2001; Yang & Fortune, 2006). Therefore, at present, the quantitative understanding of this KER is rated as low.

This sub-section should be used to provide information regarding the approximate time-scale of the changes in KEdownstream relative to changes in KEupstream (i.e., do effects on KEdownstream lag those on KEupstream by seconds, minutes, hours, or days?). This can be useful information both in terms of modelling the KER, as well as for analyzing the critical or dominant paths through an AOP network (e.g., identification of an AO that could kill an organism in a matter of hours will generally be of higher priority than other potential AOs that take weeks or months to develop). Identification of time-scale can also aid the assessment of temporal concordance. For example, for a KER that operates on a time-scale of days, measurement of both KEs after just hours of exposure in a short-term experiment could lead to incorrect conclusions regarding dose-response or temporal concordance if the time-scale of the upstream to downstream transition was not considered. More help

In vitro studies included in establishing this KER in the present report exhibit observed changes at 24h, and in vivo studies after 48h (T. E. Hickey et al., 2005, 2004; Kumari et al., 1978). The conclusion that can be drawn at present is that the approximate timescale of the changes in KEdownstream relative to changes in KEupstream is less than 48h.

Known modulating factors
This sub-section presents information regarding modulating factors/variables known to alter the shape of the response-response function that describes the quantitative relationship between the two KEs (for example, an iodine deficient diet causes a significant increase in the slope of the relationship; a particular genotype doubles the sensitivity of KEdownstream to changes in KEupstream). Information on these known modulating factors should be listed in this subsection, along with relevant information regarding the manner in which the modulating factor can be expected to alter the relationship (if known). Note, this section should focus on those modulating factors for which solid evidence supported by relevant data and literature is available. It should NOT list all possible/plausible modulating factors. In this regard, it is useful to bear in mind that many risk assessments conducted through conventional apical guideline testing-based approaches generally consider few if any modulating factors. More help

The E3 ubiquitin ligase protein Ring Finger Protein 6 (RNF6) regulates AR levels in granulosa cells through polyubiquitination and AR transcriptional activity for kitlg expression in preantral follicles (Lim, Han, et al., 2017; Lim, Lima, Salehi, Lee, & Tsang, 2017). Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) may mediate the androgen-induced granulosa cell proliferation (Franks & Hardy, 2018). Sixteen different mutations of the AR gene (Xq11.2-q12) that cause androgen insensitivity syndrome have been identified (Jiang et al., 2020). The number of CAG repeats on the N terminal domain of the AR gene has been associated with effects on fertility and ovarian reserve (T. Hickey, Chandy, & Norman, 2002; Lledo et al., 2014).

Known Feedforward/Feedback loops influencing this KER
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Regulations in the endocrine system are characterized by many positive and negative feedback loops. Activated AR can transcriptionally regulate its own expression through a negative feedback loop (Gelmann, 2002). However, in granulosa cells of monkey ovaries, AR was shown to have the opposite effect, thus creating an autocrine positive feedback (S. J. Weil et al., 1998). More studies are needed to understand when AR regulation of its own expression is positive and negative.

During the early stages of folliculogenesis, mainly from the preantral to the small antral stage, activated AR can induce FSH activities in granulosa cells and promote granulosa cell differentiation and follicle maturation, even though follicles are still not gonadotropin-dependent (Gleicher et al., 2011). These activities include changes in androgen metabolism due to altered expression of steroidogenic enzymes. Therefore, it has been suggested that androgens can bind to the AR to establish a loop between activated AR and FSH action (Gleicher et al., 2011; Lenie & Smitz, 2009).

There is also evidence of an intra-follicular feedback loop that regulates steroidogenesis during the secondary follicle stage, causing downregulation of androgen synthesis upon exogenous androgen exposure and upregulation upon androgen receptor antagonism (Lebbe et al., 2017).

As mentioned, genes involved in early folliculogenesis like kitlg and hgf are under the control of AR. Those two genes have been shown to create a positive feedback loop in mice, by increasing the expression levels of each other (Guglielmo et al., 2011).

Domain of Applicability

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List of the literature that was cited for this KER description using the appropriate format. Ideally, the list of references should conform, to the extent possible, with the OECD Style Guide (OECD, 2015). More help

Astapova, O., Minor, B. M. N., & Hammes, S. R. (2019). Physiological and Pathological Androgen Actions in the Ovary. Endocrinology, Vol. 160, pp. 1166–1174.

Balasch, J., Fábregues, F., Peñarrubia, J., Carmona, F., Casamitjana, R., Creus, M., … Vanrell, J. A. (2006). Pretreatment with transdermal testosterone may improve ovarian response to gonadotrophins in poor-responder IVF patients with normal basal concentrations of FSH. Human Reproduction, 21(7), 1884–1893.

Balen, A. H., Laven, J. S. E., Tan, S. L., & Dewailly, D. (2003, November). Ultrasound assessment of the polycystic ovary: International consensus definitions. Human Reproduction Update, Vol. 9, pp. 505–514.

Baumgarten, S. C., Convissar, S. M., Fierro, M. A., Winston, N. J., Scoccia, B., & Stocco, C. (2014). IGF1R signaling is necessary for FSH-induced activation of AKT and differentiation of human cumulus granulosa cells. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 99(8), 2995–3004.

Bosdou, J. K., Venetis, C. A., Kolibianakis, E. M., Toulis, K. A., Goulis, D. G., Zepiridis, L., & Tarlatzis, B. C. (2012). The use of androgens or androgen-modulating agents in poor responders undergoing in vitro fertilization: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Human Reproduction Update, 18(2), 127–145.

Cárdenas, H., & Pope, W. F. (2002). Androgen receptor and follicle-stimulating hormone receptor in the pig ovary during the follicular phase of the estrous cycle*. Molecular Reproduction and Development, 62(1), 92–98.

Casson, P. R., Lindsay, M. S., Pisarska, M. D., Carson, S. A., & Buster, J. E. (2000). Dehydroepiandrosterone supplementation augments ovarian stimulation in poor responders: A case series. Human Reproduction, 15(10), 2129–2132.

Erichsen, M. M., Husebye, E. S., Michelsen, T. M., Dahl, A. A., & Løvås, K. (2010). Sexuality and Fertility in Women with Addison’s Disease. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 95(9), 4354–4360.

Fábregues, F., Peñarrubia, J., Creus, M., Manau, D., Casals, G., Carmona, F., & Balasch, J. (2009). Transdermal testosterone may improve ovarian response to gonadotrophins in low-responder IVF patients: A randomized, clinical trial. Human Reproduction, 24(2), 349–359.

Franks, S., & Hardy, K. (2018, August 10). Androgen action in the ovary. Frontiers in Endocrinology, Vol. 9, p. 452.

Gelmann, E. P. (2002, July 1). Molecular biology of the androgen receptor. Journal of Clinical Oncology, Vol. 20, pp. 3001–3015.

Gervásio, C. G., Bernuci, M. P., Silva-de-Sá, M. F., & Rosa-e-Silva, A. C. J. de S. (2014). The Role of Androgen Hormones in Early Follicular Development. ISRN Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2014, 1–11.

Gill, A., Jamnongjit, M., & Hammes, S. R. (2004). Androgens promote maturation and signaling in mouse oocytes independent of transcription: a release of inhibition model for mammalian oocyte meiosis. Molecular Endocrinology, 18(1), 97–104. Retrieved from

Gleicher, N., Kim, A., Weghofer, A., Kushnir, V. A., Shohat-Tal, A., Lazzaroni, E., … Barad, D. H. (2013). Hypoandrogenism in association with diminished functional ovarian reserve. Human Reproduction, 28(4), 1084–1091.

Gleicher, N., Weghofer, A., & Barad, D. H. (2011). The role of androgens in follicle maturation and ovulation induction: friend or foe of infertility treatment? Reproductive Biology & Endocrinology, 9, 116.

González-Sanz, S., Barreñada, O., Rial, E., Brieño-Enriquez, M. A., & del Mazo, J. (2020). The antiandrogenic vinclozolin induces differentiation delay of germ cells and changes in energy metabolism in 3D cultures of fetal ovaries. Scientific Reports, 10(1), 1–13.

Guglielmo, M. C., Ricci, G., Catizone, A., Barberi, M., Galdieri, M., Stefanini, M., & Canipari, R. (2011). The effect of hepatocyte growth factor on the initial stages of mouse follicle development. Journal of Cellular Physiology, 226(2), 520–529.

Hampton, J. H., Manikkam, M., Lubahn, D. B., Smith, M. F., & Garverick, H. A. (2004). Androgen receptor mRNA expression in the bovine ovary. Domestic Animal Endocrinology, 27(1), 81–88. Retrieved from

Hickey, T., Chandy, A., & Norman, R. J. (2002). The androgen receptor CAG repeat polymorphism and X-chromosome inactivation in Australian Caucasian women with infertility related to polycystic ovary syndrome. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 87(1), 161–165.

Hickey, T. E., Marrocco, D. L., Amato, F., Ritter, L. J., Norman, R. J., Gilchrist, R. B., & Armstrong, D. T. (2005). Androgens augment the mitogenic effects of oocyte-secreted factors and growth differentiation factor 9 on porcine granulosa cells. Biology of Reproduction, 73(4), 825–832. Retrieved from

Hickey, T. E., Marrocco, D. L., Gilchrist, R. B., Norman, R. J., & Armstrong, D. T. (2004). Interactions between androgen and growth factors in granulosa cell subtypes of porcine antral follicles. Biology of Reproduction, 71(1), 45–52. Retrieved from

Hillier, S. G., Tetsuka, M., & Fraser, H. M. (1997). Location and developmental regulation of androgen receptor in primate ovary. Human Reproduction, 12(1), 107–111. Retrieved from

Hirai, M., Hirata, S., Osada, T., Hagihara, K., & Kato, J. (1994). Androgen receptor mRNA in the rat ovary and uterus. Journal of Steroid Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, 49(1), 1–7. Retrieved from

Hu, Q., Hong, L., Nie, M., Wang, Q., Fang, Y., Dai, Y., … Yang, X. (2017). The effect of dehydroepiandrosterone supplementation on ovarian response is associated with androgen receptor in diminished ovarian reserve women. Journal of Ovarian Research, 10(1), 32.

Jiang, X., Teng, Y., Chen, X., Liang, N., Li, Z., Liang, D., & Wu, L. (2020). Six novel Mutation analysis of the androgen receptor gene in 17 Chinese patients with androgen insensitivity syndrome. Clinica Chimica Acta, 506, 180–186.

Juengel, J. L., Heath, D. A., Quirke, L. D., & McNatty, K. P. (2006). Oestrogen receptor alpha and beta, androgen receptor and progesterone receptor mRNA and protein localisation within the developing ovary and in small growing follicles of sheep. Reproduction, 131(1), 81–92. Retrieved from

Kamal, D. A. M., Ibrahim, S. F., & Mokhtar, M. H. (2020). Androgen effect on connexin expression in the mammalian female reproductive system: A systematic review. Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences, Vol. 20, pp. 293–302.

Kim, C.-H., Ahn, J.-W., Moon, J.-W., Kim, S.-H., Chae, H.-D., & Kang, B.-M. (2014). Ovarian Features after 2 Weeks, 3 Weeks and 4 Weeks Transdermal Testosterone Gel Treatment and Their Associated Effect on IVF Outcomes in Poor Responders. Development & Reproduciton, 18(3), 145–152.

Kim, C. H., Howles, C. M., & Lee, H. A. (2011). The effect of transdermal testosterone gel pretreatment on controlled ovarian stimulation and IVF outcome in low responders. Fertility and Sterility, 95(2), 679–683.

Knapczyk-Stwora, K., Grzesiak, M., Ciereszko, R. E., Czaja, E., Koziorowski, M., & Slomczynska, M. (2018). The impact of sex steroid agonists and antagonists on folliculogenesis in the neonatal porcine ovary via cell proliferation and apoptosis. Theriogenology, 113, 19–26.

Knapczyk-Stwora, K., Grzesiak, M., Duda, M., Koziorowski, M., & Slomczynska, M. (2013). Effect of flutamide on folliculogenesis in the fetal porcine ovary--regulation by Kit ligand/c-Kit and IGF1/IGF1R systems. Animal Reproduction Science, 142(3–4), 160–167.

Knapczyk-Stwora, K., Nynca, A., Ciereszko, R. E., Paukszto, L., Jastrzebski, J. P., Czaja, E., … Slomczynska, M. (2019). Flutamide-induced alterations in transcriptional profiling of neonatal porcine ovaries. Journal of Animal Science & Biotechnology, 10, 35.

Kumari, G. L., Datta, J. K., Das, R. P., & Roy, S. (1978). Evidence for a role of androgens in the growth and maturation of ovarian follicles in rats. Hormone Research in Paediatrics, 9(2), 112–120.

Laird, M., Thomson, K., Fenwick, M., Mora, J., Franks, S., & Hardy, K. (2017). Androgen Stimulates Growth of Mouse Preantral Follicles In Vitro: Interaction With Follicle-Stimulating Hormone and With Growth Factors of the TGFbeta Superfamily. Endocrinology, 158(4), 920–935.

Lebbe, M., Taylor, A. E., Visser, J. A., Kirkman-Brown, J. C., Woodruff, T. K., & Arlt, W. (2017). The Steroid Metabolome in the Isolated Ovarian Follicle and Its Response to Androgen Exposure and Antagonism. Endocrinology, 158(5), 1474–1485.

Lebbe, M., & Woodruff, T. K. (2013). Involvement of androgens in ovarian health and disease. Molecular Human Reproduction, 19(12), 828–837.

Lenie, S., & Smitz, J. (2009). Functional AR Signaling Is Evident in an In Vitro Mouse Follicle Culture Bioassay That Encompasses Most Stages of Folliculogenesis1. Biology of Reproduction, 80(4), 685–695.

Lim, J. J., Han, C. Y., Lee, D. R., & Tsang, B. K. (2017). Ring Finger Protein 6 Mediates Androgen-Induced Granulosa Cell Proliferation and Follicle Growth via Modulation of Androgen Receptor Signaling. Endocrinology, 158(4), 993–1004.

Lim, J. J., Lima, P. D. A., Salehi, R., Lee, D. R., & Tsang, B. K. (2017). Regulation of androgen receptor signaling by ubiquitination during folliculogenesis and its possible dysregulation in polycystic ovarian syndrome. Scientific Reports, 7(1), 10272.

Lledo, B., Llacer, J., Turienzo, A., Ortiz, J. A., Guerrero, J., Morales, R., … Bernabeu, R. (2014). Androgen receptor CAG repeat length is associated with ovarian reserve but not with ovarian response. Reproductive Biomedicine Online, 29(4), 509–515.

Magamage, M. P. S., Zengyo, M., Moniruzzaman, M., & Miyano, T. (2011). Testosterone induces activation of porcine primordial follicles in vitro. Reproductive Medicine & Biology, 10(1), 21–30.

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