Marina Prisco

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The present investigation strongly suggests that in Torpedo the oocyte growth is not only due to the uptake of exogenous molecules, but also by the oocyte itself and the granulosa cells. The oocyte, starting from the early previtellogenic follicles (see also Mol. Reprod. Dev. 61 (2002) 78), synthesizes large amounts of glycogen. Later, as the oocyte growth(More)
Light and ultrastructural investigations on sub-adult and adult sexually mature females, demonstrates that in Torpedo marmorata folliculogenesis starts in the early embryo and that the two ovaries in the adult contain developing follicles of various sizes and morphology. Initially, the follicle is constituted by a small oocyte, surrounded by a single layer(More)
In the present ultrastructural study intercellular bridges, connecting somatic granulosa cells to oocyte, have been detected for the first time and their modifications have been followed during Raja oogenesis. Intercellular bridges make their first appearance in small previtellogenic follicles as connecting devices between small cells and the oocyte. Later(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify the damages caused by slow cooling human metaphase II (MII) oocytes comparing the ultrastructure, inner mitochondrial membrane potential (DeltaPsim), and apoptotic status of fresh and cryopreserved oocytes. DESIGN Experimental study. SETTING University biology research unit and private IVF unit. PATIENT(S) Fresh and cryopreserved(More)
This article is a cytological and molecular investigation on the occurrence of apoptosis during spermatogenesis in Torpedo, a cartilaginous fish characterised by a typical cystic testis. Using DNA fragmentation and Bak gene expression, it demonstrated that germ cells undergo apoptosis only at the stages of spermatocyte and spermatid, and degeneration also(More)
An ultrastructural investigation, performed on embryos, neonates, subadult and adult females, demonstrated that in Torpedo marmorata oogenesis occurs very early in life and continues, in its proliferative phase, also after birth. Clusters of early meiotic cells were already evident in the ovarian cortex of 6-cm-long embryos, as well as in the ovary of(More)
Endocrine Disruptor Chemicals (EDCs) with estrogen-like properties i.e nonylphenol (NP) induce vitellogenin (VTG) synthesis in males of aquatic and semi-aquatic species. In the oviparous species VTG is a female-specific oestrogen dependent protein. Males are unable to synthesize VTG except after E2 treatment. This study aimed to verify if NP, administered(More)
Lectins represent a class of proteins/glycoproteins binding specifically to terminal sugar residues. The present investigation aims to identify lectin-binding sites in testis of Torpedo marmorata. Using a panel of lectins coupled with fluoresceine isothiocyanate, we demonstrated that germ and somatic cells present in Torpedo testis contain glycoconjugates,(More)
In this article, we investigated the distribution of pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide (PACAP) and its mRNA by immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridization, and RT-PCR techniques, in the central nervous system of the elasmobranch Torpedo marmorata. RT-PCR analysis showed that the CNS of T. marmorata expresses a messenger encoding PACAP. The(More)
We investigated the presence of cadherins, Ca++ dependent cell-cell adhesion molecules, during the development and maturation of cysts in the testis of the spotted ray Torpedo marmorata. Using different anti-cadherin antibodies, we provide evidence by means of immunohistochemistry and immunoblotting that cadherins are involved in the interaction between(More)