M P De Miguel

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In a wide variety of animal species, oocyte maturation is arrested temporarily at prophase of meiosis I (ref. 1). Resumption of meiosis requires activation of cyclin-dependent kinase-1 (CDK1, p34cdc2), one component of maturation-promoting factor (MPF). The dual specificity phosphatases Cdc25a, Cdc25b and Cdc25c are activators of cyclin-dependent kinases;(More)
Pluripotent cells can be isolated from the mammalian inner cell mass (ICM) of the embryo at the blastocyst stage, and maintained in culture as undifferentiated, embryonic stem cells (ES). These cells are an important model of mammalian development in vitro and are the focus of a great deal of research for their use in Cell Therapy. In vivo, shortly after(More)
Two different estrogen receptors (ER-alpha and ER-beta) have been described, which are differentially involved in regulating the normal function of reproductive tissues. ER-alpha was considered for a long time to be the only estrogen receptor, and it has been detected in the stromal cells of the human prostate but not in the epithelium. To obtain new(More)
We generated mice lacking Cks2, one of two mammalian homologs of the yeast Cdk1-binding proteins, Suc1 and Cks1, and found them to be viable but sterile in both sexes. Sterility is due to failure of both male and female germ cells to progress past the first meiotic metaphase. The chromosomal events up through the end of prophase I are normal in both CKS2-/-(More)
Primordial germ cells (PGCs), the embryonic precursors of the gametes of the adult animal, can give rise to two types of pluripotent stem cells. In vivo, PGCs can give rise to embryonal carcinoma cells, the pluripotent stem cells of testicular tumors. Cultured PGCs exposed to a specific cocktail of growth factors give rise to embryonic germ cells,(More)
Most corneal diseases affect corneal stroma and include immune or infectious diseases, ecstatic disorders, traumatic scars, and corneal dystrophies. Cell-based therapy is a promising therapeutic approach to overcome the current disadvantages of corneal transplantation. We intended to search for a cell source to repopulate and regenerate corneal stroma. We(More)
A potential consequence of systemic administration of viral vectors is the inadvertent introduction of foreign DNA into recipient germ cells. To evaluate the safety of in vivo recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV) mediated gene transfer approaches for hemophilia B, we explored the risk of germline transmission of vector sequences following intramuscular(More)
The distribution of protein gene product 9.5 (PGP) and ubiquitin immunoreactivities in the ductuli efferentes, ductus epididymidis, and ductus deferens of humans was studied by Western blot analyses and light and electron microscopic immunocytochemistry. PGP immunoreactivity was intense in the ductuli efferentes and weak in the ductus epididymidis and(More)