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Spermatogenesis in the Japanese Eel

  • Takeshi Miura
  • Chiemi Miura
  • Kohei Yamauchi


Spermatogenesis, the formation of sperm that is highly adapted for deliveringto its genes to an egg,, is a complex developmental process. It begins with the renewal of spermatogonial stem cells to maintain their own numbers, and the mitotic proliferation of spermatogonia. Then, it proceeds through two meiotic divisions followed by spermiogenesis during which the haploid spermatids developP into spermatozoa. Spermatozoa then undergo maturation to gain fertilizing ability. Even though spermatogenesis is the same in both vertebrates and invertebrates, its control mechanisms are not well understood because there are few appropriate models for analyzing them.


Sertoli Cell Sperm Motility Chum Salmon Spermatogonial Stem Cell Sperm Maturation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Takeshi Miura
    • 1
  • Chiemi Miura
    • 1
  • Kohei Yamauchi
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratory of Fish Reproductive Physiology, Faculty of AgricultureEhime UniversityTarumi, MatsuyamaJapan
  2. 2.Division of Marine BiosciencesGraduate School of Fisheries ScienceMinato-cho HakodateJapan

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