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The Journal of Reproduction and Development (JRD) is an international, peer-reviewed Open Access publication, and the official journal of the Society for Reproduction and Development. In six issues per year, JRD publishes basic studies of reproductive biology in vertebrates, including gametogenesis, early embryonic development, placenta development, implantation, reproductive endocrine function and reproductive organ development. JRD also welcomes applied and clinical studies that contribute to the control of reproduction in wild, domestic and laboratory animals, and to the development of new technology to address issues in the field of reproduction. Human clinical case reports are not published by the journal.

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During oocyte growth and follicle development, oocytes closely communicate with cumulus cells. Morikawa et al. examined the effects of oocyte-derived growth factors, growth differentiation factor 9 (GDF9) and bone morphogenetic protein 15 (BMP15), on the growth and acquisition of meiotic competence of porcine oocytes (Morikawa et al. pp. 273–281). Oocyte-cumulus cell complexes (OCCs) collected from early antral follicles were cultured in growth medium supplemented with GDF9 (upper left) and BMP15 (upper right) for 5 days. Only GDF9 increased the OCC diameter in a dose-dependent manner. OCCs that had been cultured with GDF9 or BMP15 were subjected to a subsequent maturation culture. Those OCCs cultured with GDF9 expanded loosely (lower left), whereas those with BMP15 expanded fully and matured to the second metaphase (lower right).

JRD Information

  • Impact factor 2.214 (July 2021)
  • Most cited article published in 2018-2019
      Mancozeb impairs the ultrastructure of mouse granulosa cells in a dose-dependent manner. Palmerini MG et al., vol 64, 75-82 (2018).
  • Most viewed article in 2020 (PMC)
      Sperm storage in the female reproductive tract in birds.Sasanami T et al., vol 59, 334-338 (2013)
  • Most viewed article in August 2021 (J-STAGE)
      Adaptations for Brood Parasitism in Cuculus Cuckoos. Higuchi H. Vol 41 j27-j33 (1995)
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