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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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Bidirectional communication between oocytes and granulosa cells or cumulus cells is maintained through transzonal projections (TZPs). These structures are important for oocyte growth, although the mechanism underlying TZP development remains unclear. Fushii et al. demonstrated the disappearance of TZPs by denudation of bovine growing oocytes and the reestablishment of TZPs by coculture of TZP-free denuded oocytes (DOs) with mural granulosa cells (MGCs) (Fushii et al. pp. 300–306). Twenty-four hours after denudation, almost all TZPs disappeared, and after coculture and subsequent growth culture of DOs with MGCs, TZPs were reestablished (upper). Additionally, the oocytes in reconstructed complexes grew fully and acquired meiotic competence, suggesting that the reestablished TZPs are able to support oocyte growth similar to those in cultured oocyte-cumulus cell-mural granulosa cell complexes (middle) and in vivo grown oocytes (lower).

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)
  • Most viewed article in October 2021 (J-STAGE)
      Supplementing media with NAD+ precursors enhances the in vitro maturation of porcine oocytes. POLLARD CL et al. Vol 67, 319-326 (2021)
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