Luiz Renato de França

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There is very little information regarding the testis structure and function in domestic cats, mainly data related to the cycle of seminiferous epithelium and sperm production. The testis weight in cats investigated in the present study was 1.2 g. Compared with most mammalian species investigated, the value of 0.08% found for testes mass related to the body(More)
The zebrafish has become an important vertebrate model for basic and biomedical research, including the research field of the biology of reproduction. However, very few morphological and stereological data are available regarding zebrafish testis structure and spermatogenesis. In this careful histomorphometric evaluation of the testis, we studied(More)
Spermatogenesis is one of the most productive self-renewing systems in the body: on the order of 10(7) spermatozoa are produced daily per gram of testis tissue. In each mammalian species, the time required for completion of the process is unique and unalterable. Because the process is supported by somatic Sertoli cells, it has generally been thought that(More)
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 main objectives of the present study were to investigate the effects of 6-n-propyl-2-thiouracil (PTU) on Sertoli cell proliferation, germ cell number, and testis size in Nile tilapias (Oreochromis niloticus). In this regard, young fish (approximately 1 g BW and approximately 3.5 cm total in length) were treated for a period of 40 d with different(More)
The estrogen receptor-alpha (ERalpha) knockout mouse (alphaERKO) lacks ERalpha throughout development; therefore, an adult model for the study of estrogen effects in male mice was recently developed using the antiestrogen ICI 182,780. However, differences between species have been noted during immunostaining for ERalpha in the male tract as well as in(More)
Histometrical evaluation of the testis was performed in 36 Piau pigs from birth to 16 mo of age to investigate Sertoli cell, Leydig cell, and germ cell proliferation. In addition, blood samples were taken in seven animals from 1 wk of age to adulthood to measure plasma levels of FSH and testosterone. Sertoli cell proliferation in pigs shows two distinct(More)
BACKGROUND Germ cell transplantation results in fertile recipients and is the only available approach to functionally investigate the spermatogonial stem cell biology in mammals and probably in other vertebrates. In the current study, we describe a novel non-surgical methodology for efficient spermatogonial transplantation into the testes of adult tilapia(More)
Spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs) are the foundation of spermatogenesis and are located in a highly dynamic microenvironment called "niche" that influences all aspects of stem cell function, including homing, self-renewal and differentiation. Several studies have recently identified specific proteins that regulate the fate of SSCs. These studies also aimed(More)
Cimetidine (Tagamet) is a potent histaminic H2-receptor antagonist, extensively prescribed for ulcers and now available without prescription. Cimetidine is a known testicular toxicant, but its mechanism of action remains uncertain. Rats were treated i.p. with cimetidine either at 50 mg/kg or 250 mg/kg body weight for 59 days. Accessory sex organ weights,(More)