The ovarian follicle has a three-dimensional (3D) structure in which the oocyte is surrounded by tightly connected follicle cells that mediate the action of external signals and nourish the gamete during its maturation. Thus, the maintenance of the follicle organization during the whole growth process is crucial for the correct acquisition of the developmental competence. In recent years, much attention has been given to in vitro culture systems capable of maintaining the follicle architecture. With the aim of providing a quick reference guide, in this review we will summarize the techniques developed for the 3D culture of mouse follicles.
Towards a 3D culture of mouse ovarian follicles / Martina Belli; Giulia Vigone; Valeria Merico; Carlo Alberto Redi; Maurizio Zuccotti; Silvia Garagna. - In: THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY. - ISSN 0214-6282. - 56:10-11-12(2012), pp. 931-937. [10.1387/ijdb.120175mz]