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Adipokines are mainly produced by adipose tissue; however, their expression has been reported in other organs including female reproductive tissues. Therefore, adipokines have opened new avenues of research in female fertility. In this regard, studies reported different roles for certain adipokines in ovarian function, although the role of other recently identified adipokines is still controversial. It seems that adipokines are essential for normal ovarian function and their abnormal levels could be associated with ovarian-related disorders. The objective of this study is to review the available information regarding the role of adipokines in ovarian functions including follicular development, oogenesis and steroidogenesis and also their involvement in ovary-related disorders. Copyright © 2021 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Saba Nikanfar, Hajar Oghbaei, Yeganeh Rastgar Rezaei, Reza Zarezadeh, Davoud Jafari-Gharabaghlou, Hamid Reza Nejabati, Zahra Bahrami, Nathalie Bleisinger, Naser Samadi, Amir Fattahi, Mohammad Nouri, Ralf Dittrich. Role of adipokines in the ovarian function: Oogenesis and steroidogenesis. The Journal of steroid biochemistry and molecular biology. 2021 May;209:105852

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