Participation du LBDV au Oocyte Maturation and Fertilization Meeting à Asamushi, Aomori, Japan

How oocytes are created and then mature to fertilizable eggs and how sperm trigger initiation of embryonic development at fertilization are interesting questions that have attracted scientists for over a century. These essential steps of the reproduction process are also an important issue for medical research. The aim of this meeting is to bring together researchers who work on a wide range of animals to clarify the mechanisms regulating oocyte maturation and fertilization. Keeping researchers up-to-date with recent developments in standard and non-standard model systems is of great importance, and demonstrating the advantages of respective systems will foster collaboration to understand the basic mechanisms at the beginning of animal life.

Main topics include: Mechanisms to create gametes, coordination of oocyte maturation, oocyte cell cycle arrest and asymmetric cell division, signaling pathways induced by sperm entry or other stimuli that cause egg activation and embryonic development.