My laboratory uses an integrative approach to elucidate the molecular basis of cyto/nucleo morphogenesis in the spermatid, called spermiogenesis. This is among the most drastic cellular reorganizations and is critical for both male fertility and high fidelity transmission of genetic and epigenetic information to the next generation for healthy offspring. We seek to elucidate structural and regulatory processes involved in this transformation to understand the molecular underpinnings of cytoskeletal and chromatin remodeling in normal and disrupted spermiogenesis. The laboratory takes advantage of molecular and genetic tools in mouse models including transgenesis, gene knock out studies, and genomic and proteomic expression analyses, advanced imaging technologies for morphological and live tissue imaging, and protein expression and in vitro molecular biochemical approaches such as actin dynamics assays.
- Bedi, Y., Chang, R. C., Gibbs, R., Clement, T. M., & Golding, M. C. (2019). Alterations in sperm-inherited noncoding RNAs associate with late-term fetal growth restriction induced by preconception paternal alcohol use.. Reproductive toxicology (Elmsford, N.Y.). 87, 11-20.
- Clement, T. M., Inselman, A. L., Goulding, E. H., Willis, W. D., & Eddy, E. M. (2015). Disrupting cyclin dependent kinase 1 in spermatocytes causes late meiotic arrest and infertility in mice. Biology of Reproduction. 93(6), 137.
- Chaffee, B. R., Shang, F., Chang, M. L., Clement, T. M., Eddy, E. M., Wagner, B. D., ... Taylor, A. (2014). Nuclear removal during terminal lens fiber cell differentiation requires CDK1 activity: Appropriating mitosis-related nuclear disassembly. Development (Cambridge). 141(17), 3388-3398.
- Bhandari, R. K., Sadler-Riggleman, I., Clement, T. M., & Skinner, M. K. (2011). Basic helix-loop-helix transcription factor TCF21 is a downstream target of the male sex determining gene SRY. PLoS ONE. 6(5), e19935-e19935.
- Clement, T. M., Bhandari, R. K., Sadler-Riggleman, I., & Skinner, M. K. (2011). SRY directly regulates the neurotrophin 3 promoter during male sex determination and testis development in rats. Biology of Reproduction. 85(2), 277-284.