Federica M F van Dissel-Emiliani

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The development of the spermatogonial transplantation technique has given new impetus to research on spermatogonial stem cells. Possibilities opened by this technique include: (a) New ways to study fundamental aspects of spermatogenesis; (b) Generation of transgenic large domestic animals; (c) Protection of (young) male cancer patients from infertility due(More)
BACKGROUND Conflicting reports have been published on the sensitivity of spermatogenesis to capsaicin (CAP), the pungent ingredient of hot chili peppers. Here, the effect of CAP on germ cell survival was investigated by using two testis germ cell lines as a model. As CAP is a potent agonist of the transient receptor potential vanilloid receptor 1 (TRPV1)(More)
The in vitro culture conditions allowing survival and initial proliferation of murine primordial germ cells from 10.5 days post coitum embryos, which include the use of a murine embryonal fibroblast (STO) feeder, were applied to 21 human seminomas, composed of tumour cells which are considered as the malignant counterparts of human primordial germ cells.(More)
A method for obtaining enriched populations of gonocytes from rat embryos at 18 days p.c. has been developed. Single cell suspensions with high cell yield and good viability of the cells were obtained by a collagenase/trypsin digestion of the testes. Cells were separated on the basis of size by the Staput technique of velocity sedimentation at unit gravity.(More)
Since publication of our article [1], we have realised that the legend of Figure one needs to be corrected and should read as follows: " Photomicrograph of Gc-5spg and Gc-6spg stained with an anti-activated caspase 3 antibody and counter-stained with Haemaluin as described in Materials and Methods. A, Gc-5spg culture treated with 200 uM CAP for 24 h B,(More)
Several germ cell tumors that occur in adult men likely originate from gonocytes that are impaired in their development. To select candidate genes that are involved in the normal development of the gonocytes, we constructed a complementary DNA (cDNA) library from rat gonocytes as well as from single, paired, and aligned A spermatogonia (A(s), A(pr), and(More)
BACKGROUND The initial steps of stem Leydig cell differentiation into steroid producing progenitor cells are thought to take place independent of luteinizing hormone (LH), under the influence of locally produced factors such as leukaemia inhibitory factor (LIF), platelet derived growth factor A and stem cell factor. For the formation of a normal sized(More)
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