Editors: Elisabetta Tosti, Raffaele Boni

Oocyte Maturation and Fertilization: A long history for a short event

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ISBN: 978-1-60805-062-8 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-60805-182-3 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2011
DOI: 10.2174/97816080518231110101

Introduction

Events of reproduction occurring from meiotic resumption of the immature oocyte up to its exit from the second meiotic block following activation will be revealed. Morphological modifications of the oocyte during maturation will be related to signal transduction mechanisms involving primary or secondary messengers. A detailed view will be addressed to genetic and epigenetic control of oocyte maturation. At fertilization, reciprocal gamete activation and novel knowledge related to sperm factor and cascade mechanisms occurring in the oocyte will be focused. A detailed description of ion currents occurring during fertilization will depict another point of view of oocyte activation mechanisms, further supporting for their complexity.

Finally, all basic information related to this short time lapse will be considered in relation to clinical application of assisted reproductive technologies. New frontiers, such as stem cells and cloning technologies, will be analyzed and future applications and improvements will be hypothesised.

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Contributors

Editor(s):
Elisabetta Tosti
Stazione Zoologica “Anton Dohrn”
Italy


Raffaele Boni
University of Basilicata
Italy




Contributor(s):
Stefania Bilotto
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
Avellino , 83100
Italy


Raffaele Boni
Dipartimento di Scienze delle Produzioni Animali
Università della Basilicata
Potenza, 85100
Italy


Tiziana AL Brevini
Laboratory of Biomedical Embryology
UniStem-Centre for Stem Cell Research, Università degli Studi di Milano
Milano , 20122
Italy


Brian Dale
CFA-Italia
Clinica Villa Del Sole, Via Manzoni 15
Naples, 80123
Italy


Nava Dekel
Department of Biological Regulation
The Weizmann Institute if Science
Rehovot
Israel


Kay Elder
Bourn Hall Clinic - Bourn, Cambridge CB3 7TR
UK


Rafael A. Fissore
Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences
Massachusetts, 01003
USA


Fulvio Gandolfi
Laboratory of Biomedical Embryology
Milano, 20122
Italy


Poul Hyttel
Department of Basic Animal and Veterinary Sciences. Faculty of Life Sciences (LIFE)
University of Copenhagen, Groennegaardsvej 7
Frederiksberg C, DK-1870
Denmark


Pasqualino Loi
Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences
University of Teramo
Teramo, 64100
Italy


Christopher Malcuit
CellThera, Inc. Southbridge, Massachusetts, 01550, USA
Bioengineering Institute, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester
Massachusetts, 01605
USA


Yves Menezo
UNILABS France Laboratoire d’Eylau
55 Rue St Didier
Paris, 75116



Georgia Pennarossa
Laboratory of Biomedical Embryology, UniStem-Centre for Stem Cell Research
Università degli Studi di Milano
Milano, 20122
Italy


Grazyna Ptak
Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences
Teramo, 64100
Italy


Mahbubur M. Rahman
Laboratory of Biomedical Embryology
Milano, 20122
Italy


GianLuigi Russo
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
Avellino , 83100
Italy


Francesco Silvestre
Laboratory of Animal Physiology and Evolution Stazione Zoologica “Anton Dohrn”
Napoli , 80121
Italy


Marc-Andrè Sirard
Département des Science Animales
QC , G1K 7P4
Canada


Peter Sutovsky
Division of Animal Sciences and Department of Obstetrics
Columbia
MO , 65211
USA


Elisabetta Tosti
Laboratory of Animal Physiology and Evolution. Stazione Zoologica “Anton Dohrn”
Napoli , 80121
Italy


Alexander Tsafriri
Department of Biological Regulation
Rehovot
Israel


Arianna Vanelli
Laboratory of Biomedical Embryology
Milano
Italy


Martin Wilding
CFA-Italia, Clinica Villa Del Sole
Via Manzoni 15
Naples, 80123
Italy


Young-Joo Yi
Research Center for Transgenic Cloned Pigs, South Korea and Division of Animal Sciences
Columbia
MO , 65211
USA




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