Ultrastructure of Reproduction

Gametogenesis, Fertilization, and Embryogenesis

  • Jonathan Van Blerkom
  • Pietro M. Motta

Part of the Electron Microscopy in Biology and Medicine book series (EMBM, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Gametogenesis

  3. Fertilization and Embryogenesis

    1. David M. Phillips
      Pages 166-175
    2. Milan Dvořák, Jan Tesařík, Václav Kopečný
      Pages 176-189
    3. M. H. Johnson, C. A. Ziomek, W. J. D. Reeve, H. P. M. Pratt, H. Goodall, A. H. Handyside
      Pages 205-217
    4. Loren H. Hoffman, Gary E. Olson
      Pages 235-246
    5. Daniel J. Chávez
      Pages 247-259
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 269-273

About this book


Advances in the development and application of electron microscopic techniques have occurred recently such that the electron microscope has evolved to become an essential tool in both basic and clinical research. Use of this instrument has contributed significantly to the formation of new perspectives and concepts concerning cell fine structure. These structural perspectives are now being integrated with specific functional, biochemical and pathophysiological events and processes of cells and tissues. Most recently, utilization of innovative electron microscopic techniques such as freeze-fracture, freeze­ etching, and scanning and high-voltage electron microscopy offers both the basic and clinical scientist potentially fundamental insights into many morphodynamic processes related to the activities of cells and tissues. Such an approach has been especially rewarding when applied to the dynamic events of gametogenesis and early embryonic development. The chapters comprising this book have been selected and edited with the aim of providing an up-to-date and comprehensive account of the most important aspects of vertebrate gamets and embryos as revealed by the integration of several different submicroscopic methods. The organization of the chapters is designed to indicate present gaps in our knowledge of the developmental and reproductive biology of gametes and the developing embryo and possible Iines of research which may lead to a lessening of these gaps.


biology cell cells clinical research development electron microscope electron microscopy evolution fracture lead microscopy organizations production reproduction tissue

Editors and affiliations

  • Jonathan Van Blerkom
    • 1
  • Pietro M. Motta
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental BiologyUniversity of ColoradoBoulderUSA
  2. 2.Department of Anatomy, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of RomeRomeItaly

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