María Teresa Ajmat

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Osmetrichia have been defined as hairs specialized in the storage of secretions used in olfactory communication between conspecifics (Müller-Schwarze, et al. 1977). These authors found highly specialized osmetrichia in the tarsal gland tufts of black-tailed but not white-tailed deer. Chemical communication appears to be well developed in grey brocket deer:(More)
Transient increases in the concentration of cytosolic Ca(2+) are essential for triggering egg activation events. Increased Ca(2+) results from its rapid release from intracellular stores, mainly mediated by one or both intracellular calcium channels: the inositol trisphosphate receptor (IP3R) and the ryanodine receptor (RyR). Several regulatory pathways(More)
Calcium is considered the most important second messenger at fertilization. Transient release from intracellular stores is modulated through both agonist-gated channels, IP₃Rs and RyRs, which can be found individually or together depending on the oocyte species. Using the four commonly used compounds (thimerosal, caffeine, heparin and ruthenium red), we(More)
We investigated the participation of G(αi) protein and of intracellular cAMP levels on spontaneous and progesterone-mediated maturation in Rhinella arenarum fully grown follicles and denuded oocytes. Although progesterone is the established maturation inducer in amphibians, Rhinella arenarum oocytes obtained during the reproductive period (competent(More)
In the fertilization of most animals, egg activation is accompanied by an increase in cytoplasmatic Ca2+; however, the mechanism through which the fertilizing sperm induce this phenomenon is still controversial. An increase in intracellular free Ca2+ is required to trigger egg activation events, a process that includes cortical granule exocytosis,(More)
During activation of amphibian eggs, cortical granule exocytosis causes elaborate ultrastructural changes in the vitelline envelope. These changes involve modifications in the structure of the vitelline envelope and formation of a fertilization envelope (FE) that can no longer be penetrated by sperm. In Bufo arenarum, as the egg traverses the oviduct, the(More)
Egg activation, which includes cortical granule exocytosis, resumption and completion of meiosis and pronuclear formation culminates in the first mitotic cleavage. However, the mechanism through which the fertilizing sperm induces this phenomenon is still controversial. We investigated the effect of the microinjection of homologous sperm soluble fractions(More)
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