The International Journal of Developmental Biology

Volume 52 > Issue 5-6 (Special Issue)

Cover Vol. 52 N. 5-6


Edited by: Paul M. Wassarman and Victor D. Vacquier

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A Phallusia mammillata sperm forging ahead between the follicle cells which are covered by an extracellular matrix with crater-like microannuli. For further details, see paper by Honegger & Koyanagi, pp. 527-534 in this issue.


Fertilization - Preface

Paul M. Wassarman and Victor D. Vacquier

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2008) 52: 409-412


Dream big! - a tribute to David L. Garbers (1944-2006)

Gregory S. Kopf and Timothy A. Quill

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2008) 52: 413-414

Introductory articles

Puzzles of mammalian fertilization - and beyond

J. Michael Bedford

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2008) 52: 415-426

Mammalian sperm metabolism: oxygen and sugar, friend and foe

Bayard T. Storey

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2008) 52: 427-437

Implications of diversity in sperm size and function for sperm competition and fertility

Montserrat Gomendio and Eduardo R.S. Roldan

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2008) 52: 439-447

Triploidy - the breakdown of monogamy between sperm and egg

Hey-Joo Kang and Zev Rosenwaks

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2008) 52: 449-454

Sperm storage and transport

Regulation of sperm storage and movement in the mammalian oviduct

Susan S. Suarez

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2008) 52: 455-462

Sperm capacitation

Identification of proteins undergoing tyrosine phosphorylation during mouse sperm capacitation

Enid Arcelay, Ana M. Salicioni, Eva Wertheimer and Pablo E. Visconti

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2008) 52: 463-472

Sperm head membrane reorganisation during capacitation

Bart M. Gadella, Pei-Shiue Tsai, Arjen Boerke and Ian A. Brewis

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2008) 52: 473-480

Sperm chemotaxis

Analysis of chemotaxis when the fraction of responsive cells is small - application to mammalian sperm guidance

Anna Gakamsky, Edna Schechtman, S. Roy Caplan and Michael Eisenbach

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2008) 52: 481-487

Crisp proteins and sperm chemotaxis: discovery in amphibians and explorations in mammals

Lindsey A. Burnett, Xueyu Xiang, Allan L. Bieber and Douglas E. Chandler

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2008) 52: 489-501

The sperm's acrosome

Regulating the acrosome reaction

Harvey M. Florman, Melissa K. Jungnickel and Keith A. Sutton

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2008) 52: 503-510

The role of the acrosomal matrix in fertilization

Mariano G. Buffone, James A. Foster and George L. Gerton

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2008) 52: 511-522

Regulation of the starfish sperm acrosome reaction by cGMP, pH, cAMP and Ca2+

Midori Matsumoto, Osamu Kawase, M. Sadiqul Islam, Masahiro Naruse, Shin-Nosuke Watanabe, Riho Ishikawa and Motonori Hoshi

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2008) 52: 523-526

The egg's extracellular coats

The ascidian egg envelope in fertilization: structural and molecular features

Thomas G. Honegger and Ryo Koyanagi

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2008) 52: 527-533

Ultrastructural analysis of egg membrane abnormalities in post-ovulatory aged eggs

Diane T. Dalo, J. Michael McCaffery and Janice P. Evans

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2008) 52: 535-544

Renovation of the egg extracellular matrix at fertilization

Julian L. Wong and Gary M. Wessel

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2008) 52: 545-550

The structure of sulfated polysaccharides ensures a carbohydrate-based mechanism for species recognition during sea urchin fertilization

Ana-Cristina E.S. Vilela-Silva, Noritaka Hirohashi and Paulo A.S. Mourão

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2008) 52: 551-559

Calcium and ion channels


Regionalized calcium signaling in zebrafish fertilization

Dipika Sharma and William H. Kinsey

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2008) 52: 561-570

The role of the actin cytoskeleton in calcium signaling in starfish oocytes

Luigia Santella, Agostina Puppo and Jong Tai Chun

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2008) 52: 571-584


The dynamics of calcium oscillations that activate mammalian eggs

Karl Swann and Yuansong Yu

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2008) 52: 585-594

Sperm-activating peptides in the regulation of ion fluxes, signal transduction and motility

Alberto Darszon, Adán Guerrero, Blanca E. Galindo, Takuya Nishigaki and Christopher D. Wood

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2008) 52: 595-606


Ion channels that control fertility in mammalian spermatozoa

Betsy Navarro, Yuriy Kirichok, Jean-Ju Chung and David E. Clapham

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2008) 52: 607-613

Mobilisation of stored calcium in the neck region of human sperm - a mechanism for regulation of flagellar activity

Kweku Bedu-Addo, Sarah Costello, Claire Harper, Gisela Machado-Oliveira, Linda Lefievre, Christopher Ford, Christopher Barratt and Stephen Publicover

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2008) 52: 615-626


Self-incompatibility systems: barriers to self-fertilization in flowering plants

Anne C. Rea and June B. Nasrallah

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2008) 52: 627-636

Allorecognition mechanisms during ascidian fertilization

Yoshito Harada and Hitoshi Sawada

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2008) 52: 637-645

Egg-sperm interactions

Genes required for the common miracle of fertilization in Caenorhabditis elegans

Andrew Singson, Julie S. Hang and Jean M. Parry

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2008) 52: 647-656

Mechanisms of sperm-egg interactions emerging from gene-manipulated animals

Masahito Ikawa, Naokazu Inoue and Masaru Okabe

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2008) 52: 657-664

Mammalian fertilization:the egg’s multifunctional zona pellucida

Paul M. Wassarman and Eveline S. Litscher

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2008) 52: 665-676

Sperm penetration through cumulus mass and zona pellucida

Ekyune Kim, Misuzu Yamashita, Masanori Kimura, Arata Honda, Shin-Ichi Kashiwabara and Tadashi Baba

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2008) 52: 677-682

Anuran and pig egg zona pellucida glycoproteins in fertilization and early development

Jerry L. Hedrick

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2008) 52: 683-701

Reassessing the role of protein-carbohydrate complementarity during sperm-egg interactions in the mouse

Barry D. Shur

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2008) 52: 703-715

Glycobiology of fertilization in the pig

Edda Töpfer-Petersen, Mahnaz Ekhlasi-Hundrieser and Miroslava Tsolova

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2008) 52: 717-736

Participation of cysteine-rich secretory proteins (CRISP) in mammalian sperm-egg interaction

Débora J. Cohen, Dolores Busso, Vanina Da Ros, Diego A. Ellerman, Julieta A. Maldera, Nadia Goldweic and Patricia S. Cuasnicu

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2008) 52: 737-742

Two egg-derived molecules in sperm motility initiation and fertilization in the Pacific herring (Clupea pallasi)

Gary N. Cherr, Masaaki Morisawa, Carol A. Vines, Kaoru Yoshida, Edmund H. Smith, Takahiro Matsubara, Murali C. Pillai, Frederick J. Griffin and Ryuzo Yanagimachi

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2008) 52: 743-752

The use of poly-L-lysine to facilitate examination of sperm entry into pelagic, non-adhesive fish eggs

Tadashi Andoh, Takahiro Matsubara, Tatsuo Harumi and Ryuzo Yanagimachi

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2008) 52: 753-757

Evolution of gamete proteins

Oyster sperm bindin is a combinatorial fucose lectin with remarkable intra-species diversity

Stevan A. Springer, Gary W. Moy, Daniel S. Friend, Willie J. Swanson and Victor D. Vacquier

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2008) 52: 759-768

Causes and consequences of the evolution of reproductive proteins

Leslie M. Turner and Hopi E. Hoekstra

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2008) 52: 769-780

The molecular evolution of sperm zonadhesin

Holger Herlyn and Hans Zischler

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2008) 52: 781-790

The evolution of sea urchin sperm bindin

Kirk S. Zigler

Int. J. Dev. Biol. (2008) 52: 791-796