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Table 2 Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) protein concentrations and NGF mRNA expression (mean ± SEM) in the ovaries, the adrenal glands and the dorsal part of the spinal cord in the four experimental groups the healthy control group, the healthy group receiving electro-acupuncture (EA), the polycystic ovary (PCO) control group, and the PCO group receiving EA.

From: Steroid-induced polycystic ovaries in rats: effect of electro-acupuncture on concentrations of endothelin-1 and nerve growth factor (NGF), and expression of NGF mRNA in the ovaries, the adrenal glands, and the central nervous system

  NGF concentrations (pg/g)
  Healthy control Healthy EA PCO control PCO EA
Ovary 294.85 ± 17.00 265.79 ± 20.99 479.77 ± 26.86a 385.34 ± 12.26b
Adrenal gland 102.42 ± 26.14 119.97 ± 51.81 98.82 ± 12.46 94.42 ± 14.32
Spinal cord 867.36 ± 65.52 1600.59 ± 360.03 1351.26 ± 220.82 1081.94 ± 193.72
  NGF mRNA expression (O.D. 450/690)
Ovary 1.02 ± 0.19 1.10 ± 0.2 0.35 ± 0.06c 0.45 ± 0.15
Adrenal gland 0.41 ± 0.06 0.51 ± 0.07 0.32 ± 0.06 0.37 ± 0.05
Spinal cord 0.71 ± 0.09 1.15 ± 0.34 0.57 ± 0.08 1.12 ± 0.29
  1. a p < 0.001 when the PCO control group were compared with the healthy control group and healthy group receiving EA. b p < 0.05 when the PCO group receiving EA were compared with the PCO control group. c p < 0.001 when the PCO control group were compared with the healthy control group and the healthy group receiving EA.