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Special Issue "Embryo-Maternal Interactions Underlying Reproduction in Mammals"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (29 November 2019).
Interests: endometrium; embryo; extracellular vesicles/exosomes; preimplantation phase; sperm miRNAs; gene expression; transcriptomics; RNA-sequencing; microRNA; bioinformatics
Interests: oviduct; endometrium; embryo; extracellular vesicles/exosomes; preimplantation phase; gene expression; transcriptomics; reproductive biotechnologies; in vitro embryo production; embryo cryopreservation
This Special Issue, “Embryo-Maternal Interactions Underlying Reproduction in Mammals”, will include a selection of recent research topics and current review articles related to the study of embryo-maternal interactions in mammalian species during the preimplantation phase. Up-to-date review articles, commentaries as well as original experimental papers are welcome. Since the reproductive strategies show considerable differences between mammalian groups, articles are not restricted to a specific mammalian species and comparative approaches among species are also welcome.
For the last two decades, omics technologies have revolutionized the study of embryo-maternal interactions and revealed an unexpected complexity and diversity of this dialog among mammals. Differences have been identified regarding the maternal support of embryo development, recognition of pregnancy, and preparation for implantation. Studies have been performed on all players involved in these interactions; embryos at different stages, oviduct, endometrium, and more recently oviductal and endometrial fluid including extracellular vesicles/exosomes contained in these fluids. Particularly, the latter have been proposed as modulators of the maternal-embryo dialogue by the exchange of various types of molecules (RNAs, proteins, lipids, and other metabolites) and also as an epigenetic mechanism for the transfer of these maternal molecules to the early embryo.
Dr. Stefan Bauersachs
Dr. Carmen Almiñana
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- extracellular vesicles/exosomes
- preimplantation phase
- maternal recognition of pregnancy