William Henry Colledge

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We have recently described a molecular gatekeeper of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis with the observation that G protein-coupled receptor 54 (GPR54) is required in mice and men for the pubertal onset of pulsatile luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) secretion to occur. In the present study, we investigate the possible(More)
stella is a novel gene specifically expressed in primordial germ cells, oocytes, preimplantation embryos, and pluripotent cells. It encodes a protein with a SAP-like domain and a splicing factor motif-like structure, suggesting possible roles in chromosomal organization or RNA processing. Here, we have investigated the effects of a targeted mutation of(More)
Kisspeptin-GPR54 signalling is essential for normal reproductive functioning. However, the distribution of kisspeptin neuronal cell bodies and their projections is not well established. The present study aimed to provide a detailed account of kisspeptin neuroanatomy in the mouse brain. Using a polyclonal rabbit antibody AC566, directed towards the final ten(More)
The earliest cell fate decision in the mammalian embryo separates the extra-embryonic trophoblast lineage, which forms the fetal portion of the placenta, from the embryonic cell lineages. The body plan of the embryo proper is established only later at gastrulation, when the pluripotent epiblast gives rise to the germ layers ectoderm, mesoderm and endoderm.(More)
Mos is normally expressed during oocyte meiotic maturation in vertebrates. However, apart from its cytostatic factor (CSF) activity, its precise role during mouse meiosis is still unknown. First, we analyzed its role as a MAP kinase kinase kinase. Mos is synthesized concomitantly with the activation of MAP kinase in mouse oocytes. Moreover, MAP kinase is(More)
The LIM domain protein rbtn2 is associated with T cell acute leukemias. We demonstrate that rbtn2 is a nuclear protein expressed in the erythroid lineage in vivo, and using homologous recombination, we show that it is essential for erythroid development in mice. The homozygous rbtn2 null mutation leads to failure of yolk sac erythropoiesis and embryonic(More)
Kisspeptin and G protein-coupled receptor 54 (GPR54) are now acknowledged to play essential roles in the neural regulation of fertility. Using a transgenic Gpr54 LacZ knock-in mouse model, this study aimed to provide 1) a detailed map of cells expressing Gpr54 in the mouse brain and 2) an analysis of Gpr54 expression in GnRH neurons across postnatal(More)
The c-mos proto-oncogene encodes a 37-39K cytoplasmic serine/threonine kinase implicated in the meiotic maturation events during murine spermatogenesis and oogenesis. In Xenopus, ectopic expression of pp39mos can promote both the meiotic maturation of oocytes and also arrest the cleavage of blastomeres. To elucidate the role of pp39mos we have generated(More)
Kisspeptin and its receptor GPR54 have recently been identified as key signaling partners in the neural control of fertility in animal models and humans. The gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) neurons represent the final output neurons of the neural network controlling fertility and are suspected to be the primary locus of kisspeptin-GPR54 signaling.(More)
BACKGROUND The SCN5A sodium channel is a major determinant for cardiac impulse propagation. We used epicardial mapping of the atria, ventricles, and septae to investigate conduction velocity (CV) in Scn5a heterozygous young and old mice. METHODS AND RESULTS Mice were divided into 4 groups: (1) young (3 to 4 months) wild-type littermates (WT); (2) young(More)