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Linn E, Ghanem L, Bhakta HH, Greer C, Avella MA. Genes regulating spermatogenesis and sperm function associated with rare disorders. Front. Cell Dev. Biol., 16 2021.

Greer C, Bhakta HH, Ghanem L, Refai FH, Linn E, Avella MA. Deleterious variants in genes regulating mammalian reproduction in Neanderthals, Denisovans and extant humans. Human Reproduction 2021 18;36(3):734-755.

Bhakta HH, Refai FH and Avella MA. The molecular mechanisms mediating mammalian fertilization. Development 2019 146: dev176966. 


Avella MA*, Milne KA, Dawood S, Dawood A, and Tucker M. Assisted hatching of human embryos for successful implantation. In Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019, Z. P. Nagy et al. (eds.), In Vitro Fertilization Springer, Cham 567-579.


Avella MA, Baibakov B, Jimenez-Movilla M, Burkart A and Dean J. ZP2 peptide-beads select human sperm in vitro, decoy mouse sperm in vivo and provide reversible contraception. Sci Transl Med 2016; 336: 336ra60. 


Avella MA, Baibakov B and Dean J. A single domain of the ZP2 zona pellucida protein mediates gamete recognition in mice and humans. J Cell Biol 2014; 205: 801-809. 


Lee GS, He Y, Dougherty EJ, Jimenez-Movilla M, Avella M, Grullon S, Sharlin DS, Guo C, Blackford JA, Awasthi S, Zhang Z, Armstrong SP, London EC, Chen W, Dean J and Simons SS. Disruption of Ttll5/Stamp gene (Tubulin tyrosine ligase-like protein 5/SRC-1 and TIF2 associated modulatory protein gene) in male mice causes sperm malformation and infertility. J Biol Chem 2013; 288: 15167–15180.


Carnevali O, Avella MA and Gioacchini G. Effects of probiotic administration on zebrafish development and reproduction. Gen Comp Endocrinol 2013; 188: 297–302.


Avella MA, Xiong B, and Dean J. The molecular basis of gamete recognition in mice and humans. Mol Hum Reprod 2013; 19: 279-289.


Avella MA, Place A, Du SJ, Williams E, Silvi S, Zohar Y, and Carnevali O. Lactobacillus rhamnosus Accelerates Zebrafish Backbone Calcification and Gonadal Differentiation through Effects on the GnRH and IGF Systems. PLoS One 2012; 7: e45572. 


Avella MA and Dean J. Fertilization with acrosome-reacted mouse sperm: implications for the site of exocytosis. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2011; 108: 19843-19844.


Avella MA, Olivotto I, Silvi S, Ribecco C, Cresci A, Palermo F, Polzonetti, A, and Carnevali O. Use of Enterococcus faecium to improve common sole (Solea solea) larviculture. Aquaculture 2011; 315: 384-393.

Avella MA, Gioacchini G, DeCamp O, Makridris P, Bracciatelli C, and Carnevali O. Application of multi-species of Bacillus in sea bream larviculture. Aquaculture 2011; 305: 12-19.


Olivotto I, Planas M, Simoes N, Holt GJ, Avella MA, and Calado R. Advances in Breeding and Rearing Marine Ornamentals. J World Aquacult Soc 2011; 42: 135-166.


Dimitroglou A, Merrifield DL, Carnevali O, Picchietti S, Avella MA, Daniels C, Guroy D, and Davies SJ. Microbial manipulations to improve fish health and production--a Mediterranean perspective. Fish Shellfish Immunol 2011; 30: 1-16.


Palermo FA, Mosconi G, Avella MA, Carnevali O, Verdenelli MC, Cecchini C, and Polzonetti-Magni AM. Modulation of cortisol levels, endocannabinoid receptor 1A, proopiomelanocortin and thyroid hormone receptor alpha mRNA expressions by probiotics during sole (Solea solea) larval development. Gen Comp Endocrinol 2011; 171: 293-300.


Avella MA, Olivotto I, Silvi S, Place AR, and Carnevali O. Effect of dietary probiotics on clownfish: a molecular approach to define how lactic acid bacteria modulate development in a marine fish. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol 2010; 298: R359-R371.


Olivotto I, Piccinetti CC, Avella MA, Rubio CM, and Carnevali O. Feeding strategies for striped blenny Meiacanthus grammistes larvae.  Aquaculture Res 2010; 41: e307-315.


Gioacchini G, Lombardo F, Avella MA, Olivotto I, and Carnevali O. Welfare improvement using alginic acid in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) juveniles. Chem Ecol 2010; 26: 111-121.


Olivotto I, Avella MA, Buttino I, Borroni M, Cutignano A, and Carnevali O. Calanoid copepod administration improves   Amphiprion clarkii larviculture: biochemical and molecular implications. AACL Bioflux  2009; 2: 355-367.


Olivotto I, Capriotti F, Buttino I, Avella MA, Vitiello V, Maradonna F, and Carnevali O. The use of harpacticoid copepods as live prey for Amphiprion clarkii larviculture: Effects on larval survival and growth. Aquaculture 2008; 274: 355-368.


Avella MA, Olivotto I, Gioacchini G, Maradonna F, and Carnevali O. The Role of fatty acids enrichments in the larviculture of false percula clownfish Amphiprion ocellaris. Aquaculture 2007; 273: 87-95.


Olivotto I, Rollo A, Sulpizio R, Avella MA, Tosti L, and Carnevali O. Breeding and rearing the Sunrise Dottyback Pseudochromis flavivertex: the importance of live prey enrichment during larval development. Aquaculture 2006; 255: 480-487.


Olivotto I, Zenobi A, Rollo A, Migliarini B, Avella MA, and Carnevali O. Breeding, rearing and feeding studies in the cleaner goby Gobiosoma evelynae. Aquaculture 2005; 250: 175-182.

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