Editor: Jacky J. Cosson

Flagellar Mechanics and Sperm Guidance

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ISBN: 978-1-68108-129-8 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-68108-128-1 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2015
DOI: 10.2174/97816810812811150101

Introduction

Experimental research using spermatozoa, a highly specialized cell with organelles involved in gene transfer, energy supply and cellular motility, has always occupied the forefront of studies in cell and reproductive biology. Several spermatological experiments have focused on the attraction of a spermatozoon toward the egg – sperm chemotaxis or sperm guidance. This process ubiquitously occurs in the reproductive system of many organisms. After its discovery in the late 19th century in plants, sperm chemotaxis is known to play a crucial role in fertilization success in both plants and animals. Spermatology has expanded in focus in recent years, as the structure of molecules relevant to sperm chemotaxis has been recently determined in several species of invertebrates and vertebrates, which promises remarkable progress for understanding events relevant to sexual reproduction. Reflecting upon these trends in the long history of sperm chemotaxis, Flagellar Mechanics and Sperm Guidance gathers leaders in the field of spermatology, who have presented their experimental research on the chemical cues behind flagellate behavior in a variety of organisms including bikonts and spermatozoa of marine invertebrates and vertebrates (fish, amphibians and mammals). Reviews presented in this monograph provide both basic and detailed information on the initiation and activation of sperm motility at spawning, sperm thermotaxis, and other mechanics such as mathematical models of a spermatozoon swimming. A comparison between features of sperm chemotaxis among different organisms is also given.

Flagellar Mechanics and Sperm Guidance will stir interest in spermatology research among a broad variety of readers including researchers, Ph.D. students studying reproductive biology and teachers involved in advanced biology courses.

Contributors

Editor(s):
Jacky J. Cosson




Contributor(s):
Sergii Boryshpolets
Department of Biological Chemistry
The Weizmann Institute of Science
Israel


Gary Cherr
Departments of Environmental Toxicology and Nutrition
University of California Davis, AP-HP
Davis
CA
USA


Jacky J. Cosson
Faculty of Fisheries and Protection of Waters, South Bohemian Research Center of Aquaculture and Biodiversity of Hydrocenoses CENAKVA
University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budejovice, 38925
Vodnany
Czech Republic


Alberto Darszon
Departamento de Genética del Desarrollo y Fisiología Molecular, Instituto de Biotecnología (IBT)
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Cuernavaca
Morelos
México


Michael Eisenbach
Department of Biological Chemistry
The Weizmann Institute of Science
Rehovot
Israel


Eamonn A Gaffney
Wolfson Centre for Mathematical Biology, Mathematical Institute
University of Oxford
Oxford
OX2 6GG
UK


Laura C. Giojalas
Centro de Biología Celular y Molecular (UNC) e Instituto de Investigaciones Biológicas y
Tecnológicas (UNC - CONICET)
Córdoba
Argentina


Frederick Griffin
Bodega Marine Laboratory
University of California Davis
USA


Adan Guerrero
Departamento de Genética del Desarrollo y Fisiología Molecular
Instituto de Biotecnología (IBT);Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Cuernavaca
Morelos
México


Héctor A. Guidobaldi
Centro de Biología Celular y Molecular (UNC) e Instituto de Investigaciones Biológicas y
Tecnológicas (UNC - CONICET)
Córdoba
Argentina


Kazuo Inaba
Shimoda Marine Research Center
University of Tsukuba, 5-10-1 Shimoda
Shizuoka 415-0025
Japan


Kenta Ishimoto
The Hakubi Center for Advanced Research
Kyoto University
Kyoto, 606-8501
Japan


Osamu Kutomi
Shimoda Marine Research Center, University of Tsukuba
Shimoda, 415-0025
Japan


Gustavo Martínez-Mekler
Instituto de Ciencias Físicas
UNAM3, Cuernavaca
Morelos
México


Serafín Pérez-Cerezales
Department of Biological Chemistry, The Weizmann Institute of Science, 7610001
Rehovot
Israel


Murali Pillai
Department of Biology
Sonoma State University
Rohnert Park
CA
USA


Daniel Alejandro Priego-Espinosa
Instituto de Ciencias Físicas
UNAM3, Cuernavaca
Morelos
México


Galina Prokopchuk
Faculty of Fisheries and Protection of Waters, South Bohemian Research Center of Aquaculture and Biodiversity of Hydrocenoses CENAKVA
University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budejovice, 38925
Vodnany
Czech Republic


Raúl Sánchez
Facultad de Medicina
Universidad de La Frontera
Temuco
Chile


Kogiku Shiba
Shimoda Marine Research Center
University of Tsukuba
Shimoda, 415-0025
Japan


Edmund H. Smith
Bodega Marine Laboratory
University of California Davis
USA


Carol A. Vines
Bodega Marine Laboratory
University of California Davis
USA


Christopher Wood
Departamento de Genética del Desarrollo y Fisiología Molecular, Instituto de Biotecnología (IBT)
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Cuernavaca
Morelos
México


Ryuzo Yanagimachi
Institute for Biogenesis Research
University of Hawaii Medical School
Honolulu
Hawaii
USA


Manabu Yoshida
Misaki Marine Biological Station, School of Science, and Center for Marine Biology
University of Tokyo
Miura
Kanagawa, 238-0225
Japan




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