Oviduct: roles in fertilization and early embryo development.

Authors:
Shuai Li
Shuai Li
Mayo Clinic Rochester
Manager/senior postdoc
Rochester, MN | United States

J Endocrinol 2017 01;232(1):R1-R26

School of Molecular BiosciencesCollege of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, USA

Animal oviducts and human Fallopian tubes are a part of the female reproductive tract that hosts fertilization and pre-implantation development of the embryo. With an increasing understanding of roles of the oviduct at the cellular and molecular levels, current research signifies the importance of the oviduct on naturally conceived fertilization and pre-implantation embryo development. This review highlights the physiological conditions within the oviduct during fertilization, environmental regulation, oviductal fluid composition and its role in protecting embryos and supplying nutrients. Finally, the review compares different aspects of naturally occurring fertilization and assisted reproductive technology (ART)-achieved fertilization and embryo development, giving insight into potential areas for improvement in this technology.

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