Craig Marc Luetjens

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An increased production of superoxide has been shown to mediate glutamate-induced neuron death. We monitored intracellular superoxide production of hippocampal neurons during and after exposure to the glutamate receptor agonist NMDA (300 microm). During a 30 min NMDA exposure, intracellular superoxide production increased significantly and remained elevated(More)
Spermatogenesis is a complex developmental process of mitotic and meiotic cell divisions that ultimately results in production of haploid spermatozoa. Recent studies in flies demonstrate that the BOULE gene encodes a key factor of meiosis in male germ cells, regulating the expression of twine, a cdc25 phosphatase, which promotes progression through meiosis.(More)
The present study examines the existence of clonogenic patterns in the proliferation and differentiation of spermatogonial stem cells in two species of non-human primates, the marmoset and the rhesus monkey. We developed a novel approach to detect proliferating spermatogonial clones in whole mounts of seminiferous tubules. Dual fluorescence labeling of(More)
We investigated cytochrome c release kinetics in response to three apoptosis-inducing agents (tumor necrosis factor-alpha, staurosporine, and valinomycin) in MCF-7/Casp-3 cells stably transfected with enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP)-tagged cytochrome c. All three agents induced significant caspase activation in the cultures determined by(More)
Primates that are identical in both nuclear and cytoplasmic components have not been produced by current cloning strategies, yet such identicals represent the ideal model for investigations of human diseases. Here, genetically identical nonhuman embryos were produced as twin and larger sets by separation and reaggregation of blastomeres of cleavage-stage(More)
Neuron death in Alzheimer's disease is believed to be triggered by an increased production of amyloidogenic beta-amyloid peptides, involving both increased oxidative stress and activation of a conserved death program. Bcl-xL, an anti-apoptotic protein of the Bcl-2 family, is expressed at high levels in the adult nervous system. Exposure of neuronal cultures(More)
The complex process of spermatogenesis requires the expression and precise coordination of a multitude of genes. Abnormal function of such genes is frequently associated with male infertility. Among these candidates is the human BOULE gene that is a possible fundamental mediator of meiotic transition. In this study, we describe for the first time the(More)
BACKGROUND In order to assess the possible risk of chromosomal abnormalities in offspring from older fathers, we investigated the effects of age on the frequency of chromosomal aneuploidy rates of human sperm. METHODS AND RESULTS Semen samples were collected from 15 men aged <30 years (24.8 +/- 2.4 years) and from eight men aged >60 years (65.3 +/- 3.9(More)
Data on pubertal maturation in male marmoset, a model for human reproduction, are scant and conflicting. We collected data on novel parameters to characterize puberty. Twenty-five marmoset monkeys were assigned to five age groups by weeks (wk): 21 (pre-pubertal), 43 (onset of puberty), 52 (fully pubertal), 70 (mature), and 116 (fully adult). Serum and(More)