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Gene Action Changes in Gametogenesis

  • Lawrence S. Dillon

Abstract

Probably nowhere else are gene action changes so rampant as they are during those earliest stages in the developmental histories of organisms represented by the preparation of the gametes. In the formation of the egg and sperm, generalized cells become converted to types highly specialized for their respective functions. While the specializations of the spermatozoon are obvious features, those of the ovum, although not evident on the surface, are no less marked internally, as becomes even more apparent in the next two chapters. For only during and following fertilization into early development does the remarkable internal organization that exists in the egg cell become revealed. Then, too, the best indicators of gene expression changes, alterations in protein profiles, are manifested. Here then in the present discussion, one must largely be content with changes in the fine structural characteristics and similar topics that merely imply, rather than clearly demonstrate, the activation of new genes and the abandonment of former ones.

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Granulosa Cell Nuclear Envelope Zona Pellucida Synaptonemal Complex Meiotic Division 
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  • Lawrence S. Dillon
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  1. 1.Texas A & M UniversityCollege StationUSA

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