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Part 1 Primordial follicles: oocyte; nucleus; follicle wall; stromal tissue. Part 2 Follicular growth - regulation and functions: relationship of cyclic follicular development to hormones; oocyte (the growing oocyte and its interactions with the granulosa cells, cortical granules, zona pellucoda; follicle wall (theca, granulosa, basement lamina and transfer of substances into follicles); follicle recruitment, selection and dominance. Part 3 Ovum maturation: nuclear and cytoplasmic alterations; regulation; transcription and translation; regulation. Part 4 Ovulation: regulation and induction of superovulation; mechanisms of ovulation. Part 5 Corpus luteum: development, differentiation, structure and histochemistry; biosynthesis of steroid and peptide hormones and regulatory mechanisms involved (steroid hormones, peptide hormones and their functional significance); morphology, histochemistry and biochemistry of luteal regression; regulatory mechanisms of luteal lifespan and regression. Part 6 Follicular atresia and its causes and functions: morphology, histochemistry and biochemistry; regulation and physiological significance. Part 7 Ovarian stroma and its interstitial cells: stormal cells; interstitial cell (theca-type interstitial cells, interstitial cells of epithelial origin; medullary interstitial cells; functions).