Embryology. ICSI choreography: fate of sperm structures after monospermic rhesus ICSI and first cell cycle implications
Source: Human Reproduction, Volume 15, Number 12, December 2000 , pp. 2610-2620(11)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Abstract:We have dissected the initial stages of fertilization by intracytoplasmic sperm injection of single spermatozoa into prime oocytes from fertile rhesus monkeys (Macaca mullata). DNA decondensation was delayed at the apical portion of the sperm head. It is possible that this asynchronous male DNA decondensation could be related to the persistence of the sperm acrosome and perinuclear theca after injection. However, incomplete male pronuclear formation did not prevent sperm aster formation, microtubule nucleation and pronuclear apposition. In contrast, DNA synthesis was delayed in both pronuclei until the sperm chromatin fully decondensed, indicating that male pronuclear formation constitutes an important checkpoint during the first embryonic cell cycle.
Document Type: Research article
Affiliations: 1: Oregon Regional Primate Research Center, Division of Reproductive Sciences, Beaverton, Oregon, 2: Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, 3: Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and Biochemistry, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA and
Publication date: 2000-12-01
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