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Type: Journal article
Title: The cytoskeleton in spermatogenesis
Author: Dunleavy, J.E.M.
O'Bryan, M.K.
Stanton, P.G.
O'Donnell, L.
Citation: Reproduction, 2019; 157(2):R53-R72
Publisher: BioScientifica
Issue Date: 2019
ISSN: 1470-1626
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Jessica E M Dunleavy, Moira K O’Bryan, Peter G Stanton and Liza O’Donnell
Abstract: As germ cells progress through spermatogenesis, they undergo a dramatic transformation, wherein a single, diploid spermatogonial stem cell ultimately produces thousands of highly specialised, haploid spermatozoa. The cytoskeleton is an integral aspect of all eukaryotic cells. It concomitantly provides both structural support and functional pliability, performing key roles in many fundamental processes including, motility, intracellular trafficking, differentiation and cell division. Accordingly, cytoskeletal dynamics underlie many key spermatogenic processes. This review summarises the organisational and functional aspects of the four major cytoskeletal components (actin, microtubules, intermediate filaments and septins) during the various spermatogenic phases in mammals. We focus on the cytoskeletal machinery of both germ cells and Sertoli cells, and thus, highlight the critical importance of a dynamic and precisely regulated cytoskeleton for male fertility.
Keywords: Spermatozoa
Rights: © 2019 Society for Reproduction and Fertility
DOI: 10.1530/REP-18-0457
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