MCAT Reproductive Systems

  1. When does oogenesis take place?
    • before birth
    • arrested at prophase I of meisosis
    • 2 million at peak, born with around 400,000, only 400 released
  2. What causes frozen prophase I oocytes to finish meiosis?
    • After puberty, hormonal changes stimulate the first division and ovulation. This yields a polar body and a large secondary oocyte.
    • second meitoic division only occurs when the oocyte has been fertilized by sperm which also produces a polar body.
  3. Do sperm and egg nuclei fuse immediately?
    No, oocyte has to complete meiosis
  4. What cells produce testosterone and what hormone are they stimulated by?
    • Intersitial/Leygdig
    • LH
  5. What cells are stimulated by FSH?
    Sustenacular/Sertoli - promote spergatogenisis
  6. Where do sperm mature?
    Epidydimis - this is called spermiogenisis - usually gain motility
  7. What cells make and secrete estrogen?
    Granulosa cells
  8. What structure secretes progesterone?
    • Corpus leuteum
    • Placenta if pregancy takes place
  9. What is ectopic pregnancy?
    When implantation occurs in the fallopian tubes
  10. What happens at the LH surge?
  11. What hormone maintaines the endometrial lining?
    Progesterone. This lining is important in pregnancy. If no progesterone is made, miscarrages are very likely.
  12. 3 phases of the overian cycle
    • Follicular phase: primary follicle matures and secretes estrogen
    • Ovulatory phase: secondary oocyte is released from the ovary. Triggered by LH surge
    • Luteal phase: formation of the corpus luteum which secretes both progesterone and estrogen
  13. At what phase is the endometrium when ovulation occurs?
  14. What is GnRH, LH, FSH inhibitd by?
    Negatively by estrogen, especially after ovulation when the corpus luteum contributes to feedback inhibition
  15. What would happen if a woman was on the pill for prolonged periods of time?
    • No menstruation
    • Prevention of ovulation because LH and FSH would be inhibited (no LH surge)
  16. Why does the corpus leuteum degenerate?
    • Due to decreased levels of LH which keeps it alive
    • LH reduced due to feedback by estrogen and progesterone
    • This ensures that ovulation does not occur during pregnancy - this is also why estrogen and progesterone are high during pregnancy
  17. Where is the chorion derived from?
    The zygote
  18. What hormone does the zygote release?
    • hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin)
    • hCG take the place of LH in maintaining the corpus leuteum, which in turn maintains estrogen and progesterone production, and as a result, LH is not necessary b/c it is feedbacked
  19. When does meiosis I and II occur in oocytes?
    • Meiosis I - prior to ovulation (before birth)
    • Meiosis II - after fertilization
  20. Where does sperm bind to?
    Bindin receptors via bindin which is found on the acrosomal process
  21. Fast and slow blocks of polyspermy
    • Fast: depolarization due to influx of sodium
    • Slow: Ca influx (caused by depol) = cortical reaction which hardens the zona pellucida and increasing metabolism and protein synthesis
  22. Does cleavage increase the size of the initial embryo?
  23. Embryonic development stages
    • morula:
    • blastula: which has the tropoblast (plancenta) and inner cell mass (embryo)
  24. What happens if corpus luteum is removed during the first trimester?
    • Menstruation will occur resulting in a miscarriage
    • This is either because (1) progesterone levels are not maintained (2) LH levels are decreased which they should but (3) hCG not produced which maintains the corpus luteum.
  25. When does the placenta take over in making progesterone?
    • After the first trimester when it is developed
    • this allows hCG release to be halted and corpus leuteum to be degenerated
    • remember, estrogen and progesteroe levels are still high so LH and FSH are low so ovarian cycle does not continue
  26. Ectoderm, Mesoderm, Endodermal tissue derivatives
    • Endoderm: nervous system, skin, pituitary gland, cornea, lens, nasal, oral, anal epithelium
    • Mesoderm: all muscle, bone, and connective tissue (including blood), cardiovascular and lymphatic system, kidneys, ureters, gonads, reproductive ducts
    • Endoderm: GI tract and epithelia, GI glands (liver, pancrease, gallbladder, etc), respiratory epithelium, bladder, epithelial lining of urogenital organs
  27. Secretions of
    Seminal vesicles
    Prostage gland
    Bulbourethral glands
    • Seminal vesicles: fructose (nourishment and energy)
    • Prostage gland: fructose and coagulant
    • Bulbourethral glands: alkaline (neutralize acid in vagina and urethra)
    • Testes: sperm
  28. What NS division is responsible for ejaculation and erection?
    • "Point and Shoot"
    • Erection - para
    • Ejaculation - sympa
  29. Do spermatoGONia devide by mitosis or meiosis?
  30. What hormone directly stimulats division of spermatogonia?
  31. LH causes ________ cells to secrete __________
    Interstitial, testosterone
  32. FSH stimulates __________
    sustenacular/sertoli cells
  33. Which male hormone inhibits FSH release?
    inhibin which is produced by the sustenacular cells
  34. Mullerian or Wolfian development by default?
    • Mullerian resulting in female genitalia
    • Y chromosome leads to the development of testes which causes male internal and external genetialia to develop by producing testosterone and mullerian inhibiting factor
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MCAT Reproductive Systems
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