Development -



Learning objectives

Ovulation and fertilization


Embryonic and fetal development

Labor and birth

Postnatal development


Spikes in FSH and LH stimulate ovulation of a secondary oocyte

Secondary oocytes do not complete meiosis until fertilization

Ovulation of a secondary oocyte

Egg and sperm

Secondary oocyte has a layer of follicular cells and the protective zona pellucida

Acrosome of sperm contain enzymes for passing the corona radiata and zona pellucida

The acrosome on sperm requires about 7 hrs for activation

Enzymes from the acrosome

Disrupt the attachments between cells of the corona radiata and the zona pellucida

Allows the sperm to reach the oocyte

Modern IVF techniques create significant ethical questions

Combined with PCR, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis is possible for 8-cell embryos

A single cell can be sampled

What can be learned about an embryo from looking at its DNA?

The union of the sperm and the egg that results in a cell with 46 chromosomes is called a(n):

A) embryo.

B) zygote.

C) fetus.

D) trophoblast.

Fertilization until first cleavage

Identical and fraternal twins

Gastrulation allows formation of differential tissues from the inner cell mass

Gastrulation- forming of a gastrula- a primitive gut

Ectoderm, endoderm, and mesoderm are formed

Ectoderm, endoderm and mesoderm give rise do different tissues

The inner cell mass of the blastocyst undergoes gastrulation, forming ectoderm, endoderm and mesoderm, which will ultimately give rise to all the tissues of the body

When two secondary oocytes are released from the ovaries and are fertilized by different sperm cells, this is called:

A) fraternal twins.

B) identical twins.

C) conjoined twins.

D) clones.


The embryo release human chorionic gonadotropin

Alerts the mother’s body to its presence, thereby sustaining the corpus luteum throughout pregnancy

The outermost layer of blastocyst cells give rise to the extraembryonic membranes- amniotic sac, umbilical cord and chorionic villi of the placenta

The placenta is the interface between fetal and maternal circulation

• allows the transfer of oxygen and nutrients from the mother’s blood to the fetus

Prevents the mixing of fetal and maternal blood, allowing for differences in blood type between mother and child

Sexual development

Male and female reproductive structures are formed from the same tissue

Differentiated by the presence of absence of the SRY gene region of the Y chromosome

A male has a genetic disease coded for on his

Y chromosome. Which parent passed on this trait?

A) The mom

B) The dad

C) Either the mom or dad

D) Neither parent: it is a spontaneous mutation

Because organs such as the lungs are not used in

utero, fetal circulation is arranged differently from the circulatory pathway of adults

Fetal development is most susceptible to birth-defect causing environmental insults between weeks 3 and 16

Growth of the fetus is allometric, and continues to be allometric until development is complete at adulthood

Labor is the painful process of birthing a baby, and consists of dilation, expulsion, and placental stages

Lactation cannot begin until a baby is delivered

Colostrum and milk both contain antibodies which protect a baby against disease during its infancy

Which of the following functions to maintain the corpus luteum and to stimulate it to continue to produce the hormone progesterone?

A) Human chorionic gonadotropin

B) Progesterone

C) Estrogen

D) Testosterone