Special Issue "New Insights into Animal Spermatogenesis"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2021.
Interests: spermatogenesis; steroidogenesis; excitatory amino acid; sex hormones; endocrine and exocrine secretions
Interests: Reproduction; Testis; Sex hormones; Sex hormone receptors
In vertebrates, spermatogenesis is a highly complex and coordinated process leading to the formation of the mature gametes, the spermatozoa. The whole process is regulated by gonadotropins, steroid hormones and a complex network of autocrine and paracrine factors, whose role is mediated by the activation/inhibition of several intracellular signaling pathways. Furthermore, a cell type- and stage-specific induction or repression of the specific gene expression underlies the regulation of spermatogenesis.
Sex steroid hormones and their receptors play a crucial role in the testis, regulating the reproductive processes through either the promotion of spermatogenesis and spermiogenesis or the development and maintenance of secondary sex characters. The synthesis of sex steroids is a conserved process in vertebrates. Studies carried out in invertebrates and in low vertebrates have proven useful in understanding the evolutionary aspects of the spermatogenesis.
This Special Issue aims to widen the knowledge on spermatogenesis and spermiogenesis from a comparative point of view. Therefore, we invite high-quality and original research or review papers that address new insights on this topic, including the molecular mechanisms underlying the differentiation/maturation of germ cells. The understanding of the multitude of proteins and factors that regulate the dynamic of this process is undoubtedly of crucial importance.
Dr. Alessandra Santillo
Prof. Maria Maddalena Di Fiore
Manuscript Submission Information
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- sex hormones
- sex hormone receptors
- germ cell differentiation