Figure 8. The early differentiation of the granulosa cells during preantral folliculogenesis involves the expression of FSH receptors. Animal studies support the concept that this process involves an activin autocrine/paracrine mechanism. (Erickson GF: Dissociation of Endocrine and Gametogenic Ovarian Function. In Lobo, R. (ed.): Perimenopause. Serono Symposia, Springer-Verlaag, 1997. Reproduced with permission from Springer-Verlag, New York.)