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A procedure is described which permits the isolation from the prepuberal mouse testis of highly purified populations of primitive type A spermatogonia, type A spermatogonia, type B spermatogonia, preleptotene primary spermatocytes, leptotene and zygotene primary spermatocytes, pachytene primary spermatocytes and Sertoli cells. The successful isolation of(More)
There is pharmacological evidence that Ca2+ channels play an essential role in triggering the mammalian sperm acrosome reaction, an exocytotic process required for sperm to fertilize the egg. Spermatozoa are small terminally differentiated cells that are difficult to study by conventional electrophysiological techniques. To identify the members of the(More)
A reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction assay (RT-PCR) was used quantitatively to measure accumulated levels of RNA transcripts in total mouse RNAs derived from male germ cells at various spermatogenic stages. RNA levels for two X-linked enzymes, phosphoglycerate kinase (PGK-1) and hypoxanthine phosphoribosyl transferase (HPRT), both decrease(More)
Nectin-2 is a cell adhesion molecule encoded by a member of the poliovirus receptor gene family. This family consists of human, monkey, rat, and murine genes that are members of the immunoglobulin gene superfamily. Nectin-2 is a component of cell-cell adherens junctions and interacts with l-afadin, an F-actin-binding protein. Disruption of both alleles of(More)
A novel domain of epitopes is expressed by a family of high-Mr proteins at the anterior pole of the germ cell nucleus during spermiogenesis, and later by two low-Mr proteins at the anterior and posterior poles of the nucleus during sperm maturation in the epididymis. Initially, monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) PNT-1 (IgG2b) and PNT-2 (IgG2a) bound to antigens(More)
Both sexes of adult mice homozygous for a targeted mutation of the Igf1 gene, encoding insulin-like growth factor 1, are infertile dwarfs (approximately 30% of normal size). The testes are reduced in size less than expected from the degree of dwarfism but sustain spermatogenesis only at 18% of the normal level. The epididymides are overall nearly allometric(More)
The presence of lamin proteins in mouse spermatogenic cells has been examined by using an anti-lamin AC and an anti-lamin B antisera which recognize somatic lamins A and C, and somatic lamin B, respectively. Anti-lamin B binds to the nuclear periphery of all cell types examined, including Sertoli cells, primitive type A spermatogonia, preleptotene,(More)