This study investigated the interactive effects of cyanoketone (CK), an inhibitor of 3β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase on the effects of cAMP and forskolin (FK) on oocyte maturation inClarias batrachus using an in vitro incubation technique. When the oocytes were incubated in the presence of 1 Μg/ml 17α, 20β-dihydroxy-4-pregnen-3-one[l7α, 20Β-DP, the maturation-inducing steroid (MIS) of this species] for 6h, they matured [85.3 + 1.36% germinal vesicle breakdown (GVBD)] normally after additional incubation for 20–30 h in plain medium. On the other hand, exposure to 1.0 and 8 0 mM of cAMP after MIS stimulation caused significant inhibition of GVBD but lower concentrations (0.1 and 0.5 mM) of cAMP were noninhibitory. However, when the oocytes were preincubated for 1 h with 1 μg/mI CK, a significant inhibition in the percentage of GVBD was recorded including the lower concentrations of cAMP. FK, an activator of adenylate cyclase, could significantly induce GVBD at all of its concentrations (0.1, 0.5, 1.0 and 10.0 μM) in a dose- and time-dependent manner. However, when the oocytes were exposed to 1 μg/ml CK for 1 h, prior to FK stimulation, a complete inhibition of GVBD occurred but when CK treatment was given after the FK stimulation, only a partial inhibition of maturation was observed. Taken together, these data indirectly suggest that FK induces catfish oocyte maturation probably by stimulating follicular production of Δ4 steroid ( 17α,20 β-DP)through an adenylate cyclase-c AMP-mediated pathway, a mechanism identical to the gonadotropin-induced oocyte maturation.