The Cell Biology of Preimplantation Development

  • Richard J. Tasca
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Part of the Proceedings in the Serono Symposia USA Series book series (SERONOSYMP)


There are many aspects of the cell biology of preimplantation development. This chapter will focus upon several important cell membrane functions that appear as the egg develops into the blastocyst. Cell membrane functions reflect the interactions between an embryo and its fluid and cellular environment while it resides in the oviduct and uterus. In the context of this book, better knowledge of these interactions may provide new ideas for the improvement of culture conditions from egg to blastocyst. I shall first provide a brief overview of the cell biology of preimplantation development (PD), then a discussion of amino acid transport (AAT) in preimplantation embryos (PE), and finally abrief survey of the roles in blastocyst formation of three other cell membrane proteins, Na+/K+ ATPAse (NKA), the Na+/H+ exchangers (NHE), and the aquaporins (AQP).


Amino Acid Transport Blastocyst Stage Preimplantation Embryo Amino Acid Pool Blastocyst Formation 
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