Fernanda F L Almeida

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Starting from the period of testis differentiation, the Sertoli cell plays a pivotal role in the development of a functional testis. FSH is the major mitotic factor for Sertoli cells. Because the supporting capacity of Sertoli cells is relatively fixed for each species, their total number per testis, established just before puberty (approximately 4 months(More)
The wild boar is a natural inhabitant of Europe, Asia, and North Africa and is phylogenetically the ancestor of the domestic pig. Because of its phylogenetic and economic importance, this species is an interesting model for studying testis function in boars. Therefore, the present study was performed to investigate the testis structure, spermatogenic cycle(More)
Precocious male puberty significantly compromises sustainability aspects of aquaculture in a number of finfish species. As part of a program aiming to understand and eventually control testis maturation in farmed Atlantic cod, we studied the first reproductive cycle. The gonadosomatic index shows a 41-fold increase from immature (August) to mature (March)(More)
Precocious male puberty is a significant problem in Atlantic cod aquaculture. While photoperiod manipulation can inhibit testis growth, a detailed analysis of effects on spermatogenesis is missing. Starting July 1, 2004, prepubertal fish were exposed to different photoperiod regimens in indoor tanks for 17 mo. Testis histology, germ cell dynamics(More)
BACKGROUND In differentiated gonochoristic species, a bipotential gonad develops into an ovary or testis during sex differentiation. Knowledge about this process is necessary to improve methods for masculinizing genetically female Atlantic cod for the subsequent purpose of producing all-female populations. METHODS Gonads were examined histologically in(More)
To better understand the role(s) of progesterone in fish spermatogenesis, we cloned the nuclear progesterone receptor (Pgr) of Atlantic cod. The open-reading frame of the cod pgr consists of 2076 bp, coding for a 691-amino acids-long protein that shows the highest similarity with other piscine Pgr proteins. Functional characterization of the receptor(More)
To better understand the role(s) of progestogens during early stages of spermatogenesis, we carried out studies on the nuclear progesterone receptor (Pgr) of the Atlantic salmon. Its open-reading frame shows the highest similarity with other piscine Pgr proteins. When expressed in mammalian cells, salmon Pgr exhibited progestogen-specific, dose-dependent(More)
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