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Adv Anat Embryol Cell Biol. 2015;216:239-52. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-15856-3_12.

Embryonic Diapause and Maternal Recognition of Pregnancy in Diapausing Mammals.

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School of BioSciences, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC, 3010, Australia.


The dynamic nature of early embryonic growth is at odds with the phenomenon of mammalian embryonic diapause, because embryos in diapause are in a state of suspended animation of varying duration. The signals that control embryonic diapause differ between species, but in all cases, it acts to synchronise reproduction with external factors to maximise the survival of the offspring. This chapter provides an overview of current understanding of the control of embryonic diapause, with an emphasis on the three species about which most is known, namely, the mouse, the mink and the tammar wallaby.

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