Donna O'Dell Bunch

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The reproductive system of male mice homozygous for a mutation in the estrogen receptor (ER) gene (ER knock-out; ERKO) appears normal at the anatomical level. However, these males are infertile, indicating an essential role for ER-mediated processes in the regulation of male reproduction. Adult ERKO male mice have significantly fewer epididymal sperm than(More)
Fertilin, a member of the ADAM family, is found on the plasma membrane of mammalian sperm. Sperm from mice lacking fertilin beta were shown to be deficient in sperm-egg membrane adhesion, sperm-egg fusion, migration from the uterus into the oviduct, and binding to the egg zona pellucida. Egg activation was unaffected. The results are consistent with a(More)
Mice lacking estrogen receptors alpha and beta were generated to clarify the roles of each receptor in the physiology of estrogen target tissues. Both sexes of alphabeta estrogen receptor knockout (alphabetaERKO) mutants exhibit normal reproductive tract development but are infertile. Ovaries of adult alphabetaERKO females exhibit follicle(More)
The spermatogenic cell-specific isoform of glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPD-S) may regulate glycolysis and energy production required for sperm motility. Although the steady-state level of Gapd-s mRNA is maximal at step 9 of mouse spermatogenesis, GAPD-S protein was not detected by immunohistochemistry until steps 12-13. This result suggests(More)
Although glycolysis is highly conserved, it is remarkable that several unique isozymes in this central metabolic pathway are found in mammalian sperm. Glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate dehydrogenase-S (GAPDS) is the product of a mouse gene expressed only during spermatogenesis and, like its human ortholog (GAPD2), is the sole GAPDH isozyme in sperm. It is tightly(More)
A 95-kDa mouse sperm protein has been previously identified as a putative receptor involved in the sperm-egg interactions that lead to fertilization. The ligand for this receptor is the zona pellucida glycoprotein ZP3. This constituent of the oocyte-specific extracellular matrix mediates not only sperm binding to the zona but also triggers acrosomal(More)
We report here that dysregulation of CD19, a coreceptor that augments B-cell receptor (BCR) signaling, occurs at two B-cell differentiative stages in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and antineutrophil cytoplasmic autoantibody (ANCA) associated small vessel vasculitis (SVV). The naïve B cells of nearly all SLE and ANCA-SVV patients express(More)
Ovarian-derived estradiol plays a critical endocrine role in the regulation of gonadotropin synthesis and secretion from the hypothalamic-pituitary axis. In turn, several para/autocrine effects of estrogen within the ovary are known, including increased ovarian weight, stimulation of granulosa cell growth, augmentation of FSH action, and attenuation of(More)
Inherited mutations of the human BRCA2 gene confer increased risks for developing breast, ovarian, and several other cancers. Unlike previously described Brca2 knockout mice that display predominantly embryonic lethal phenotypes, we developed mice with a homozygous germ-line deletion of Brca2 exon 27 that exhibit a moderate decrease in perinatal viability(More)
Lysosomal membrane protein 2 (LAMP-2) is a target of antineutrophil cytoplasmic autoantibodies (ANCA) in addition to the more commonly known targets proteinase 3 and myeloperoxidase. The prevalence of anti-LAMP-2 antibodies and their relationship to disease in ANCA glomerulonephritis are not well described. We measured anti-LAMP-2 reactivity in 680 sera(More)