Reproduction: Part A

Reproduction: Part A

1st Edition - February 28, 1991

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  • Editor: Peter K.T. Pang
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323162838

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Vertebrate Endocrinology: Fundamentals and Biomedical Implications, Volume 4, Part A: Reproduction provides information pertinent to the structure and function of the vertebrate reproductive endocrinology. This book deals with a variety of subjects, including oocyte maturation, gestation, ovulation, vitellogenesis, spermatogenesis, and the maturation and aging of the reproductive system. Organized into seven chapters, this volume starts with an overview of the reproductive mechanisms and their underlying bases, with focus on the similarities between species. This book then discusses the factors of reproductive failure in many species, including failure of ovulation, abnormal fertilization, failure of fertilization, and failure of implantation. Other chapters explore the cellular, endocrinological, and molecular mechanisms that regulate oocyte maturation in mammals, which is directly stimulated by the need to improve human fertility and fecundity in domestic mammals. The final chapter deals with the aging of the brain–pituitary–gonadal axis in vertebrates. Reproductive endocrinologists and developmental neuroendocrinologists will find this book extremely useful.

Table of Contents

  • Contributors


    Contents of Previous Volumes

    1 Introduction to Vertebrate Reproductive Endocrinology

    I. Reproductive Strategies

    II. Development of the Male and Female Reproductive Systems

    III. Internal Fertilization in an "Extracorporeal" Space

    IV. The Use of Archetypal Mechanisms for Reproduction

    V. Management of Reproduction

    VI. Evolutionary Considerations

    VII. Summary and Clinical Implications


    2 Oocyte Maturation in Vertebrates

    I. Introduction

    II. Ovarian Control of Oocyte Maturation

    III. Intraoocyte Control of Maturation

    IV. Regulation of the Ovarian Activity Related to Oocyte Maturation

    V. Regulation of the Hypothalamo-Hypophysial Activity Related to Oocyte Maturation

    VI. Acquisition of Maturational Competence

    VII. Concluding Remarks and Biomedical Implications


    3 Vitellogenesis

    I. Introduction

    II. The Vertebrate Liver as a Target Organ of Estrogen

    III. Vitellogenins and Vitellogenin Genes

    IV. Estrogen and the Induction of Vitellogenesis

    V. Mechanisms of Estrogen Action in the Liver

    VI. Endocrine and Nonendocrine Factors Controlling Vitellogenesis

    VII. Conclusion


    4 Ovulation: Mediators at the Ovarian Level

    I. Introduction

    II. Eicosanoids and Ovulation

    III. Secondary Mediators and Ovulation

    IV. Neurotransmitters and Ovulation

    V. Vasoactive Substances and Ovulation

    VI. Proteolytic Enzymes and Ovulation

    VII. The Use of Lower Vertebrate Models for Studying Ovulation: Biomedical Implications


    5 Gestation, with Emphasis on Corpus Luteum Biology, Placentation, and Parturition

    I. Introduction

    II. Agnatha

    III. Chondrichthyes

    IV. Osteichthyes

    V. Amphibia

    VI. Reptilia

    VII. Aves

    VIII. Conclusions and Biomedical Implications


    6 Spermatogenesis

    I. General Considerations

    II. Germ Cell Stages

    III. Anatomical and Functional Units of Spermatogenesis

    IV. Kinetics of Spermatogenesis: The Spermatogenic Wave and Cycle of the Seminiferous Epithelium

    V. Stem Cells and Spermatogonial Renewal

    VI. Regulation of Spermatogenesis

    VII. Comparative Contributions and Biomedical Advances


    7 Maturation and Aging of the Reproductive System

    I. Introduction

    II. Poikilotherms

    III. Homeotherms

    IV. Comparative Contributions and Biomedical Implications

    V. Conclusion



Product details

  • No. of pages: 412
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1991
  • Published: February 28, 1991
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323162838

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