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J Morphol. 2014 Sep;275(9):1004-15. doi: 10.1002/jmor.20277. Epub 2014 May 5.

Proliferation of oogonia and folliculogenesis in the viviparous teleost Ilyodon whitei (Goodeidae).

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  • 1Laboratorio de Biología de la Reproducción Animal, Departamento de Biología Comparada, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Ciudad Universitaria, México, DF 04510, Mexico.


Oogonial proliferation in fishes is an essential reproductive strategy to generate new ovarian follicles and is the basis for unlimited oogenesis. The reproductive cycle in viviparous teleosts, besides oogenesis, involves development of embryos inside the ovary, that is, intraovarian gestation. Oogonia are located in the germinal epithelium of the ovary. The germinal epithelium is the surface of ovarian lamellae and, therefore, borders the ovarian lumen. However, activity and seasonality of the germinal epithelium have not been described in any viviparous teleost species regarding oogonial proliferation and folliculogenesis. The goal of this study is to identify the histological features of oogonial proliferation and folliculogenesis during the reproductive cycle of the viviparous goodeid Ilyodon whitei. Ovaries during nongestation and early and late gestation were analyzed. Oogonial proliferation and folliculogenesis in I. whitei, where intraovarian gestation follows the maturation and fertilization of oocytes, do not correspond to the late oogenesis, as was observed in oviparous species, but correspond to late gestation. This observation offers an example of ovarian physiology correlated with viviparous reproduction and provides elements for understanding the regulation of the initiation of processes that ultimately result in the origin of the next generation. These processes include oogonia proliferation and development of the next batch of germ cells into the complex process of intraovarian gestation.

© 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.


cell nests; germinal epithelium; oogenesis; previtellogenesis; viviparity

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