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Dynamics of the Mammalian Sperm Head

Modifications and Maturation Events From Spermatogenesis to Egg Activation


Part of the Advances in Anatomy, Embryology and Cell Biology book series (ADVSANAT, volume 204)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Kiyotaka Toshimori
    Pages 1-9
  3. Kiyotaka Toshimori
    Pages 11-16
  4. Kiyotaka Toshimori
    Pages 17-25
  5. Kiyotaka Toshimori
    Pages 31-41
  6. Kiyotaka Toshimori
    Pages 43-44
  7. Kiyotaka Toshimori
    Pages 45-51
  8. Kiyotaka Toshimori
    Pages 53-70
  9. Kiyotaka Toshimori
    Pages 71-75
  10. Kiyotaka Toshimori
    Pages 79-80
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 81-98

About this book


Mammalian spermatozoa have complex structures. The structure-function relationship of sperm has been studied from various viewpoints. Accumulated evidence has shown that the sperm components undergo sequential changes from the beginning of spermatogenesis to the time of fertilization/embryogenesis. Structural analyses have been performed using various new techniques of light and electron microscopy as well as immunohistochemistry and immunocytochemistry in combination with specific probes such as antibodies against sperm components. Recently developed gene-manipulation techniques have accelerated investigations on the events that govern the relationship between the structure and molecular components of sperm. In addition, animal models with gene manipulations have been shown to exhibit various morphological and functional abnormalities that lead to infertility.

In this book, I discuss the events that occur in the normal sperm head and govern the structure-function relationship from the time of spermatogenesis to that of fertilization or egg activation. In this regard, I describe dynamic modifications and maturation events occurring in sperm-head components and compare the outcomes of these events with the outcomes of their failure.


Embryo dynamics egg activation fertilization infertility sperm head spermatogenesis

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Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Dynamics of the Mammalian Sperm Head
  • Book Subtitle Modifications and Maturation Events From Spermatogenesis to Egg Activation
  • Authors Kiyotaka Toshimori
  • Series Title Advances in Anatomy, Embryology and Cell Biology
  • Series Abbreviated Title Advs Anatomy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Berlin Heidelberg 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-540-89978-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-540-89979-2
  • Series ISSN 0301-5556
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 98
  • Number of Illustrations 29 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Biomedicine, general
    Reproductive Medicine
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