About this Research Topic
Although animal reproductive capacity has been enhanced over the past decades, the scientific community is still working to improve its efficiency. In this regard, the study of molecular networks involved in reproductive processes is fundamental. Emerging -omic technologies (including genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, etc.) are unveiling which molecules and molecular networks are directly involved in the regulation of reproductive processes, with some playing key roles in specific reproductive (dys)-function.
This Research Topic welcomes ongoing basic and applied research that may contribute to the discovery, identification, and/or validation of new molecules with potential roles as biomarkers of reproductive (dys) -function. In addition, critical reviews gathering current knowledge and upcoming challenges on molecular biomarkers in an animal reproductive pathophysiological context are also welcome. Therefore, we encourage our colleagues to submit manuscripts highlighting molecules with proven or potential uses as biomarkers of any reproductive (dys)-function, in both females and males and for any animal of interest, including farm-, wild-, lab-, pet-, avian or fish species.
Potential topics can include, but are not limited to:
• Identification of novel biomolecules with potential biomarker role for animal reproductive processes.
• Omics technologies applied to sperm, seminal plasma and male reproductive tissues to discover molecular biomarkers of fertility and sperm quality.
• Omics technologies applied to oocytes, embryos, follicular fluids and female reproductive tissues to identify molecular biomarkers of oocyte and embryo quality and pregnancy outcomes.
• Molecular mechanisms of action of candidate reproductive biomarkers.
• Practical use of molecular biomarkers for improving animal reproductive processes.
Keywords: Molecular, Biomarkers, Reproduction, Omics, Fertility
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