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Volume 9, Issue 4 (Jul 2007)

Review | Original Article |

(Guest editors: Drs Trevor G Cooper, Joël R. Drevet and Barry T. Hinton)
The Fourth Epididymis (Epid IV) Workshop was held between December 4th and 7th 2006 in Chatel-Guyon, France. This was the first European venue for these workshops following Epid III held in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA in 2002, Epid II held in Newcastle, Australia in 1998 and a one-day meeting (later named Epid I) in Hong Kong, China in 1992. The 2006 meeting was organised by Drs Jo雔 R. Drevet (Aubi鑢e, France) and Trevor G. Cooper (M黱ster, Germany) and was a satellite meeting of the Fourth European Congress of Andrology (ECA2006) which followed in Toulouse (France) from December 8th to 10th. Epid IV was attended by 90 basic science researchers from 14 countries. The hotel accommodation was adjacent to the meeting hall and the meeting proved an equal distraction to the lure of the Casino in the same building! Posters were viewed from the beginning to the end of the workshop and frequent coffee breaks were organised among them to facilitate scientific exchange. In these hospitable conditions old acquaintances were revived and new friendships made. The meeting started with an introductory lecture given by Russell Jones (Newcastle, Australia) on comparative epididymology and was followed by 8 sessions of 4 to 5 presentations each (see the programme below for a detailed list of speakers) in which various aspects of epididymal physiology were covered: sperm maturation and storage, cellular and gene expression activities of the epididymal epithelium, recent advances in global approaches of the epididymal transcriptome and proteome as well as the presentation of some putative epididymal contraceptive targets. The last session of the programme was devoted to research carried out on the human epididymis and most of the speakers in this session were also invited speakers at the ECA2006 meeting. A session was also devoted to presentations given by young investigators who were selected from the 36 poster abstracts received. The final lecture was given by David Hamilton (Mineapolis, MA, USA) on December 7th. As he could not attend the meeting, he provided it as a video presentation. His talk entitled 揟he ~Omes are coming!?illustrated what, from his point of view, would be epididymal research in the 21st century. During the meeting the site of the next epididymis workshop was discussed. Drs P. S. Cuasnic?(Argentina) and M. C. W. Avellar (Brazil) stepped forward to propose the idea that South America could host the next Epididymis workshop in 2010. Most of the speakers agreed to produce a manuscript of their presentations that are collected in this Special Issue of the Asian Journal of Andrology.

Supramolecular organization of the sperm plasma membrane during maturation and capacitation
Roy Jones, Peter S James, Liz Howes, Andreas Bruckbauer and David Klenerman
Asian J Androl 9: 438-444; 10.1111/j.1745-7262.2007.00282.x
Abstract | Full Text | PDF [1804]| 中文摘要
Protein phosphatase PP12 in sperm morphogenesis and epididymal initiation of sperm motility
Rumela Chakrabarti, Lina Cheng, Pawan Puri, David Soler and Srinivasan Vijayaraghavan
Asian J Androl 9: 445-452; 10.1111/j.1745-7262.2007.00307.x
Abstract | Full Text | PDF [1892]| 中文摘要
Characterization and functions of beta defensins in the epididymis
Susan H Hall, Suresh Yenugu, Yashwanth Radhakrishnan, Maria Christina W Avellar, Peter Petrusz and Frank S French
Asian J Androl 9: 453-462; 10.1111/j.1745-7262.2007.00298.x
Abstract | Full Text | PDF [1851]| 中文摘要
Orchestration of occludins, claudins, catenins and cadherins as players involved in maintenance of the blood-epididymal barrier in animals and humans
Daniel G Cyr, Mary Gregory, évemie Dubé, Julie Dufresne, Peter T K Chan and Louis Hermo
Asian J Androl 9: 463-475; 10.1111/j.1745-7262.2007.00308.x
Abstract | Full Text | PDF [1786]| 中文摘要
Regulation of vacuolar proton pumping ATPase-dependent luminal acidification in the epididymis
Nicolas Da Silva, Winnie W C Shum and Sylvie Breton
Asian J Androl 9: 476-782; 10.1111/j.1745-7262.2007.00299.x
Abstract | Full Text | PDF [1806]| 中文摘要
Epididymosomes are involved in the acquisition of new sperm proteins during epididymal transit
Robert Sullivan, Gilles Frenette and Julie Girouard
Asian J Androl 9: 483-491; 10.1111/j.1745-7262.2007.00281.x
Abstract | Full Text | PDF [1738]| 中文摘要
Role of the epididymis in sperm competition
Russell C Jones, Jean-Louis Dacheux, Brett Nixon and Heath W Ecroyd
Asian J Androl 9: 493-499; 10.1111/j.1745-7262.2007.00284.x
Abstract | Full Text | PDF [1861]| 中文摘要
Extracellular quality control in the epididymis
Gail A Cornwall, H Henning von Horsten, Douglas Swartz, Seethal Johnson, Kim Chau and Sandra Whelly
Asian J Androl 9: 500-507; 10.1111/j.1745-7262.2007.00309.x
Abstract | Full Text | PDF [1678]| 中文摘要
Structure and function of epididymal protein cysteine-rich secretory protein-1
Kenneth P Roberts, Daniel S Johnston, Michael A Nolan, Joseph L Wooters, Nicole C Waxmonsky, Laura B Piehl, Kathy M Ensrud-Bowlin and David W Hamilton
Asian J Androl 9: 508-514; 10.1111/j.1745-7262.2007.00318.x
Abstract | Full Text | PDF [1785]| 中文摘要
Epididymis-specific lipocalin promoters
Kichiya Suzuki, Xiuping Yu, Pierre Chaurand, Yoshihiko Araki, Jean-Jacques Lareyre, Richard M Caprioli, Marie-Claire Orgebin-Crist and Robert J Matusik
Asian J Androl 9: 515-521; 10.1111/j.1745-7262.2007.00300.x
Abstract | Full Text | PDF [1852]| 中文摘要
Identification of epididymis-specific transcripts in the mouse and rat by transcriptional profiling
Daniel S Johnston, Terry T Turner, Joshua N Finger, Tracy L Owtscharuk, Gregory S Kopf and Scott A Jelinsky
Asian J Androl 9: 522-527; 10.1111/j.1745-7262.2007.00317.x
Abstract | Full Text | PDF [1712]| 中文摘要
Participation of epididymal cysteine-rich secretory proteins in sperm-egg fusion and their potential use for male fertility regulation
Debora J Cohen, Vanina G Da Ros, Dolores Busso, Diego A Ellerman, Julieta A Maldera, Nadia Goldweic and Patricia S Cuasnicú
Asian J Androl 9: 528-532; 10.1111/j.1745-7262.2007.00283.x
Abstract | Full Text | PDF [1677]| 中文摘要
Sperm maturation in the epididymis: a new look at an old problem
Trevor G Cooper
Asian J Androl 9: 533-539; 10.1111/j.1745-7262.2007.00285.x
Abstract | Full Text | PDF [1799]| 中文摘要
A locus on chromosome 20 encompassing genes that are highly expressed in the epididymis
Åke Lundwall
Asian J Androl 9: 540-544; 10.1111/j.1745-7262.2007.00303.x
Abstract | Full Text | PDF [1759]| 中文摘要
Androgenic regulation of novel genes in the epididymis
Bernard Robaire, Shayesta Seenundun, Mahsa Hamzeh and Sophie-Anne Lamour
Asian J Androl 9: 545-553; 10.1111/j.1745-7262.2007.00316.x
Abstract | Full Text | PDF [1735]| 中文摘要
Proteomic changes in mammalian spermatozoa during epididymal maturation
R John Aitken, Brett Nixon, Minjie Lin, Adam J Koppers, Yun H Lee and Mark A Baker
Asian J Androl 9: 554-564; 10.1111/j.1745-7262.2007.00280.x
Abstract | Full Text | PDF [1690]| 中文摘要
Segment boundaries of the adult rat epididymis limit interstitial signaling by potential paracrine factors and segments lose differential gene expression after efferent duct ligation
Terry T Turner, Daniel S Johnston, Scott A Jelinsky, Jose L Tomsig and Joshua N Finger
Asian J Androl 9: 565-573; 10.1111/j.1745-7262.2007.00302.x
Abstract | Full Text | PDF [1785]| 中文摘要
Original Article
Liver X receptors and epididymal epithelium physiology
Fabrice Saez, Eléonore Chabory, Rémi Cadet, Patrick Vernet, Silvère Baron, Jean-Marc A Lobaccaro and Joël R Drevet
Asian J Androl 9: 574-582; 10.1111/j.1745-7262.2007.00301.x
Abstract | Full Text | PDF [1735]| 中文摘要
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