Department of Reproduction Biology: Publications

Authors affiliated with the Leibniz-IZW at the time of publication are marked bold and with the respective colour of their department or unit in the Leibniz-IZW. Doctoral students and postdocs with affiliations to the Department of Reproduction Biology will be shown in the respective department colour. Authors with multiple other affiliations to departments are allocated one of the two departmental colours at random. The director is shown under Dept Evolutionary Ecology until 2017 and under Science Management from 2018 onwards.

           Department of Evolutionary Ecology
           Department of Evolutionary Genetics
           Department of Wildlife Diseases
           Department of Reproduction Biology
           Department of Reproduction Management
           Department of Ecological Dynamics
           Junior Research Group “Biodiversity and Biogeography of Southeast Asia”
           Junior Professorship of Ecology and Evolution of Molecular Host-Parasite Interactions
           Science Management and Director

Peer-reviewed journal articles


Afonso BC, Rosalino LM, Henriques J, Tinoco Torres R, Wauters J, Carvalho J (2024): The effects of wild ungulates on small mammals: a systematic review and meta‐analysis. MAMMAL REV 54, 121–132. doi:10.1111/mam.12331

Cools T, Wilson KS, Li D, Vancsok C, Mulot B, Leclerc A, Kok J, Haapakoski M, Bertelsen MF, Ochs A, Girling SJ, Zhou Y, Li R, Vanhaecke L*, Wauters J* (2024): Development and validation of a versatile non‐invasive urinary steroidomics method for wildlife biomonitoring. TALANTA 273, 125924. doi:10.1016/j.talanta.2024.125924

Mottaghinia S, Stenzel S, Tsangaras K, Nikolaidis N, Laue M, Müller K, Hölscher H, Löber U, McEwen GK, Donnellan SC, Rowe KC, Aplin KP, Goffinet C, Greenwood AD (2024): A recent gibbon ape leukemia virus germline integration in a rodent from New Guinea. PROC NATL ACAD SCI USA 121, e2220392121. doi:10.1073/pnas.2220392121

Reyer H*, Abou‐Soliman I*, Schulze M, Henne H, Reinsch N, Schoen J, Wimmers K (2024): Genome‐Wide Association Analysis of Semen Characteristics in Piétrain Boars. GENES 15, 382. doi:10.3390/genes15030382

Welsh JA, Goberdhan DCI, O’Driscoll L, …, MISEV Consortium (IZW co‐author: Chen S), Théry C, Witwer KW (2024): Minimal information for studies of extracellular vesicles (MISEV2023): From basic to advanced approaches. J EXTRACELL VESICLES 13, e12404. doi:10.1002/jev2.12404


Bashawat M, Braun BC, Müller K, Hermann BP (2023): Molecular phenotyping of domestic cat (Felis catus) testicular cells across postnatal development – a model for wild felids. THERIOGENOLOGY WILD 2, 100031. doi:10.1016/j.therwi.2023.100031

Braun BC, Müller K (2023): Role of glyoxalase I and II in somatic and spermatogenic testicular cells during the postnatal development of the domestic cat. THERIOGENOLOGY 197, 10–15. doi:10.1016/j.theriogenology.2022.11.028

Chen J, Lin X, Bhattacharya S, Wiesehöfer C, Wennemuth G, Müller K, Montag D (2023): Neuroplastin expression in male mice is essential for fertility, mating, and adult testosterone levels. INT J MOL SCI 25, 177. doi:10.3390/ijms25010177

Du S, Trakooljul N, Palma‐Vera SE, Murani E, Schuler G, Schön J, Chen S (2023): Regulation of porcine oviduct epithelium functions via progesterone and estradiol is influenced by cortisol. ENDOCRINOLOGY 164, bqac176. doi:10.1210/endocr/bqac176

Ghasemian K, Broer I, Schön J, Killisch R, Kolp N, Springer A, Huckauf J (2023): Oral and subcutaneous immunization with a plant‐produced mouse‐specific zona pellucida 3 peptide presented on hepatitis B core antigen virus‐like particles. VACCINES 11, 462. doi:10.3390/vaccines11020462

Ghasemian K, Broer I, Schön J, Kolp N, Killisch R, Huckauf J (2023): Plant‐produced mouse‐specific zona pellucida 3 peptide induces immune responses in mice. VACCINES 11, 153. doi:10.3390/vaccines11010153

Ghasemian K, Broer I, Schön J, Kolp N, Killisch R, Mikkat S, Huckauf J (2023): Immunogenicity and contraceptive efficacy of plant‐produced putative mouse‐specific contraceptive peptides. FRONT PLANT SCI 14, 1191640. doi:10.3389/fpls.2023.1191640

Ghosal R, Edwards KL, Chiarelli TL, Fanson KV, Ganswindt A, Keeley T, Koester DC, Roberts B, Majelantle TL, Wauters J, Newell‐Fugate AE (2023): Biomarkers of reproductive health in wildlife and techniques for their assessment. THERIOGENOLOGY WILD 3, 100052. doi:10.1016/j.therwi.2023.100052

Hryciuk MM, Schröter F, Hennicke L, Braun BC (2023): Spheroid formation and luteinization of granulosa cells of felids in a long‐term 3D culture. DIFFERENTIATION 131, 38–48. doi:10.1016/j.diff.2023.03.002

Mahé C, Lavigne R, Com E, Pineau C, Zlotkowska AM, Tsikis G, Mermillod P, Schön J, Saint‐Dizier M (2023): The sperm‐interacting proteome in the bovine isthmus and ampulla during the periovulatory period. J ANIM SCI BIOTECHNOL 14, 30. doi:10.1186/s40104-022-00811-2

Mahé C, Pranomphon T, Reynaud K, Laffont L, Meylheuc T, Schoen J, Mermillod P, Saint‐Dizier M (2023): Sperm‐fluid‐cell interplays in the bovine oviduct: glycosaminoglycans modulate sperm binding to the isthmic reservoir. SCI REP 13, 10311. doi:10.1038/s41598-023-37469-3

Meindl K, Issler N, Afonso S, Cebrian‐Serrano A, Müller K, Sterner C, Othmen H, Tegtmeier I, Witzgall R, Klootwijk E, Davies B, Kleta R, Warth R (2023): A missense mutation in Ehd1 associated with defective spermatogenesis and male infertility. FRONT CELL DEV BIOL 11, 1240558. doi:10.3389/fcell.2023.1240558

Müller K, Müller P, Lui F, Kroh PD, Braun BC (2023): Porcine spermadhesin AQN‐3 binds to negatively charged phospholipids. CHEM PHYS LIPIDS 254, 105306. doi:10.1016/j.chemphyslip.2023.105306

Wauters J*, Wilson KS*, Cools T, Vancsok C, Bouts T, Mulot B, Leclerc A, Haapakoski M, Kok J, Kühne R, Ochs A, Duncan WC, Girling SJ, Hildebrandt TB, Zhou Q, Li R, Zhou Y, Cai K, Liu Y, Hou R, Rae M, Valentine I, Vanhaecke L**, Li D** (2023): Pregnancy length and health in giant pandas: What can metabolic and urinary endocrine markers unveil? THERIOGENOLOGY WILD 3, 100063. doi:10.1016/j.therwi.2023.100063


Braun BC, Jewgenow K (2022): Role of sex steroids and prostaglandins during the luteal life cycle in domestic cats and lynxes. DOMEST ANIM ENDOCRINOL 78, e106689. doi:10.1016/j.domaniend.2021.106689

Colombo M, Morselli MG, Zahmel J, Luvoni GC (2022): Ultra‐rapid freezing preserves morphofunctional integrity and fertilizing ability of epididymal cat spermatozoa. FRONT VET SCI 9, 866953. doi:10.3389/fvets.2022.866953

Dheer A, Davidian E, Courtiol A, Bailey LD, Wauters J, Naman P, Shayo V, Höner OP (2022): Diurnal pastoralism does not reduce juvenile recruitment nor elevate allostatic load in spotted hyenas. J ANIM ECOL 91, 2289–2300. doi:10.1111/1365-2656.13812

Eder S, Müller K, Chen S, Schön J (2022): Long‐term culture of feline oviduct epithelial cells on permeable filter supports. CYTOTECHNOLOGY 74, 531–538. doi:10.1007/s10616-022-00542-2

Hensel B, Schröter F, Großfeld R, Simmet C, Wauters J, Jung M, Schulze M (2022): Relations between the time of ovulation and fecal estrogen concentrations in sows. RES VET SCI 149, 90–93. doi:10.1016/j.rvsc.2022.05.005

Jakop U, Müller K, Müller P, Neuhauser S, Callealta Rodríguez I, Grunewald S, Schiller J, Engel KM (2022): Seminal lipid profiling and antioxidant capacity: a species comparison. PLOS ONE 17, e0264675. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0264675

Kehoe S, Jewgenow K, Johnston PR, Braun BC (2022): Early preantral follicles of the domestic cat express gonadotropin and sex steroid signalling potential. BIOL REPROD 106, 95–107. doi:10.1093/biolre/ioab192

Kroh PD, Braun BC, Lui F, Müller P, Müller K (2022): Boar spermadhesin AWN: Novel insights in its binding behavior and localization on sperm. BIOL REPROD 106, 775–791. doi:10.1093/biolre/ioab244

Lee PC, Zahmel J, Jewgenow K, Comizzoli P (2022): Desiccated cat spermatozoa retain DNA integrity and developmental potential after prolonged storage and shipping at non‐cryogenic temperatures. J ASSIST REPROD GENET 39, 141–151. doi:10.1007/s10815-021-02337-4

Mahé C, Lavigne R, Com E, Pineau C, Locatelli Y, Zlotkowska AM, Almiñana C, Tsikis G, Mermillod P, Schön J, Saint‐Dizier M (2022): Spatiotemporal profiling of the bovine oviduct fluid proteome around the time of ovulation. SCI REP 12, 4135. doi:10.1038/s41598-022-07929-3

Müller‐Eigner A, Sanz‐Moreno A, de‐Diego I, Venkatasubramani AV, Langhammer M, Gerlini R, Rathkolb B, Aguilar‐Pimentel A, Klein‐Rodewald T, Calzada‐Wack J, Becker L, Palma‐Vera S, Gille B, Forne I, Imhof A, Meng C, Ludwig C, Koch F, Heiker JT, Kuhla A, Caton V, Brenmoehl J, Reyer H, Schoen J, Fuchs H, Gailus‐Durner V, Hoeflich A, de Angelis MH, Peleg S (2022): Dietary intervention improves health metrics and life expectancy of the genetically obese Titan mouse. COMMUN BIOL 5, 408. doi:10.1038/s42003-022-03339-3

Palma‐Vera S, Reyer H, Langhammer M, Reinsch N, Derežanin L, Fickel J, Qanbari S, Witzel J, Franzenburg S, Hemmrich‐Stansiak G, Schön J (2022): Genomic characterization of world’s longest selection experiment in mouse reveals the complexity of polygenic traits. BMC BIOL 20, 52. doi:10.1186/s12915-022-01248-9

Schmidhauser M, Ulbrich SE, Schoen J (2022): Luminal and glandular epithelial cells from the porcine endometrium maintain cell type‐specific marker gene expression in air‐liquid interface culture. STEM CELL REV REP 18, 2928–2938. doi:10.1007/s12015-022-10410-3

Schwarzer‐Sperber HS, Sutter K, Müller K, Müller P, Schwarzer R (2022): The bovine seminal plasma protein PDC‐109 possesses pan‐antiviral activity. VIRUSES-BASEL 14, 2031. doi:10.3390/v14092031

Wilson KS, Li D, Valentine I, McNeilly A, Girling S, Li R, Zhou Y, Vanhaecke L, Colin Duncan W, Wauters J (2022): The novel use of urinary androgens to optimize detection of the fertile window in giant pandas. REPROD FERTILITY 3, 122–132. doi:10.1530/RAF-22-0031

Zahmel J, Skalborg Simonsen K, Stagegaard J, Palma‐Vera SE, Jewgenow K (2022): Current state of in vitro embryo production in African lion (Panthera leo). ANIMALS 12, 1424. doi:10.3390/ani12111424


Azevedo A, Bailey L, Bandeira V, Fonseca C, Wauters J, Jewgenow K (2021): Decreasing glucocorticoid levels toward the expansion front suggest ongoing expansion in a terrestrial mammal. CONSERV PHYSIOL 9, coab050. doi:10.1093/conphys/coab050

Bajerski F, Bürger A, Glasmacher B, Keller ERJ, Müller K, Mühldorfer K, Nagel M, Rüdel H, Müller T, Schenkel J, Overmann J (2021): What factors affect the presence of microorganisms in cryotanks? – A culture‐independent approach to assess potential microbial colonization of liquid nitrogen storage tanks. CRYOBIOLOGY 103, 161. doi:10.1016/j.cryobiol.2021.11.020

Bashawat M, Hensel B, Müller K, Schulze M (2021): Cooled storage of semen from livestock animals (Part II): Camelids, goats, and sheep. ANIM REPROD SCI 234, 106855. doi:10.1016/j.anireprosci.2021.106855

Colombo M, Zahmel J, Binder C, Herbel J, Luvoni GC, Jewgenow K (2021): Ovary cold storage and shipment affect oocyte yield and cleavage rate of cat immature vitrified oocytes. CRYOBIOLOGY 98, 181–186. doi:10.1016/j.cryobiol.2020.11.003

Davidian E, Wachter B, Heckmann I, Dehnhard M, Hofer H, Höner OP (2021): The interplay between social rank, physiological constraints and investment in courtship in male spotted hyenas. FUNCT ECOL 35, 635–649. doi:10.1111/1365-2435.13733

Diemer J, Hahn J, Goldenbogen B, Müller K*, Klipp E* (2021): Sperm migration in the genital tract – In silico experiments identify key factors for reproductive success. PLOS COMPUT BIOL 17, e1009109. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1009109

Fernandez‐Gonzalez L, Huebinger J, Jewgenow K (2021): Comparison of different materials for self‐pressurized vitrification of feline oocytes‐first results. ANIMALS 11, 1314. doi:10.3390/ani11051314

Fernandez‐Gonzalez L, Kozhevnikova V, Brusentsev, Jänsch S, Amstislavsky S, Jewgenow K (2021): IGF‐I medium supplementation improves singly cultured cat oocyte maturation and embryo development in vitro. ANIMALS 11, 1909. doi:10.3390/ani11071909

Hryciuk MM, Jewgenow K, Braun BC (2021): Cloprostenol, a synthetic analogue of prostaglandin F2α, induces functional regression in cultured luteal cells of felids. BIOL REPROD 105, 137–147. doi:10.1093/biolre/ioab070

Hryciuk MM, Jewgenow K, Braun BC (2021): Luteinizing hormone effect on luteal cells is dependent on the corpus luteum stage in felids. ANIMALS 11, 179. doi:10.3390/ani11010179

Jenikejew J, Wauters J, Dehnhard M, Scheumann M (2021): The female effect – how female receptivity influences faecal testosterone metabolite levels, socio‐positive behaviour and vocalization in male southern white rhinoceroses. CONSERV PHYSIOL 9, coab026. doi:10.1093/conphys/coab026

Kehoe S, Jewgenow K, Johnston PR, Mbedi S, Braun BC (2021): Signalling pathways and mechanistic cues highlighted by transcriptomic analysis of primordial, primary, and secondary ovarian follicles in domestic cat. SCI REP 11, 2683. doi:10.1038/s41598-021-82051-4

Schulze M, Mohammadpour F, Schröter F, Jakop U, Hönicke H, Hasenfuss T, Henne H, Schön J, Müller K (2021): Suitability of semen stress tests for predicting fertilizing capacity of boar ejaculates. THERIOGENOLOGY 176, 73–81. doi:10.1016/j.theriogenology.2021.09.024

Suginato NA, Dehnhard M, Newman C, Macdonald DW, Buesching CD (2021): A non‐invasive method to assess the reproductive status of the European badger (Meles meles) from urinary sex‐steroid metabolites. GEN COMP ENDOCRINOL 301, 113655. doi:10.1016/j.ygcen.2020.113655

Van der Weijden VA, Bick JT, Bauersachs S, Rüegg AB, Hildebrandt TB, Goeritz F, Jewgenow K, Giesbertz P, Daniel H, Derisoud E, Chavatte‐Palmer P, Bruckmaier RM, Drews B, Ulbrich SE (2021): Amino acids activate mTORC1 to release roe deer embryos from decelerated proliferation during diapause. PROC NATL ACAD SCI USA 118, e2100500118. doi:10.1073/pnas.2100500118

Zahmel J, Jänsch S, Jewgenow K, Sandgreen DM, Skalborg Simonsen K, Colombo M (2021): Maturation and fertilization of African lion (Panthera leo) oocytes after vitrification. CRYOBIOLOGY 98, 146–151. doi:10.1016/j.cryobiol.2020.11.011


Azevedo A, Wauters J, Kirschbaum C, Serra R, Rivas A, Jewgenow K (2020): Sex steroids and glucocorticoid ratios in Iberian lynx hair. CONSERV PHYSIOL 8, coaa075. doi:10.1093/conphys/coaa075

Bajerski F, Bürger A, Glasmacher B, Keller ERJ, Müller K, Mühldorfer K, Nagel M, Rüdel H, Müller T, Schenkel J, Overmann J (2020): Factors determining microbial colonization of liquid nitrogen storage tanks used for archiving biological samples. APPL MICROBIOL BIOTECHNOL 104, 131–144. doi:10.1007/s00253-019-10242-1

Bashawat M, Braun BC, Müller K (2020): Cell survival after cryopreservation of dissociated testicular cells from feline species. CRYOBIOLOGY 97, 191–197. doi:10.1016/j.cryobiol.2020.03.001

Braun BC, Halaski N, Painer J, Krause E, Jewgenow K (2020): The antioxidative enzyme SOD2 is important for physiological persistence of corpora lutea in lynxes. SCI REP 10, 3681. doi:10.1038/s41598-020-60634-x

Colombo M, Zahmel J, Jänsch S, Jewgenow K, Luvoni GC (2020): Inhibition of apoptotic pathways improves DNA integrity but not developmental competence of domestic cat immature vitrified oocytes. FRONT VET SCI 7, 588334. doi:10.3389/fvets.2020.588334

Dalerum F, Ganswindt A, Palme R, Bettega C, del Mar Delgado M, Dehnhard M, Freire S, García González R, Marcos J, Miranda M, Vázquez VM, Sánchez Corominas T, Tuñón Huerta J, Zedrosser A, Ordiz A, Penteriani V (2020): Methodological considerations for using faecal glucocorticoid metabolite concentrations as an indicator of physiological stress in the brown bear (Ursus arctos). PHYSIOL BIOCHEM ZOOL 93, 227–234. doi:10.1086/708630

Eder S, Bailey LD, Müller K (2020): Equilibration in freezing extender alters in vitro sperm‐oviduct binding in the domestic cat (Felis catus). THERIOGENOLOGY 149, 79–87. doi:10.1016/j.theriogenology.2020.03.017

Hecht‐Höger AM, Braun BC, Krause E, Meschede A, Krahe R, Voigt CC, Greenwood AD, Czirják GÁ (2020): Plasma proteomic profiles differ between European and North American myotid bats colonized by Pseudogymnoascus destructans. MOL ECOL 29, 1745–1755. doi:10.1111/mec.15437

Jewgenow K, Azevedo A, Albrecht M, Kirschbaum C, Dehnhard M (2020): Hair cortisol analyses in different mammal species: Choosing the wrong assay may lead to erroneous results. CONSERV PHYSIOL 8, coaa009. doi:10.1093/conphys/coaa009

Jewgenow K, Zahmel J (2020): Preservation of female genetic resources in feline species. THERIOGENOLOGY 156, 124–129. doi:10.1016/j.theriogenology.2020.06.040

Müller K, Eder S, Jakop U, Schiller J, Müller P, Bashawat M (2020): Assisted reproduction for felid species conservation – sperm competences at risk. REPROD DOMEST ANIM 55, 55–60. doi:10.1111/rda.13581

Schulze M, Jakop U, Schröter F, Herrmann C, Leiding C, Müller K, Jung M, Czirják GÁ (2020): Antibacterial defense in bull and boar semen: a putative link to the microbiome and reproductive strategy? THERIOGENOLOGY 157, 335–340. doi:10.1016/j.theriogenology.2020.07.033

Sowińska N, Zahmel J, Niżański W, Hribal R, Fernandez‐Gonzalez L, Jewgenow K (2020): Meiotic status does not affect the vitrification effectiveness of domestic cat oocytes. ANIMALS 10, 1371. doi:10.3390/ani10081371


Azevedo A, Bailey LD, Bandeira V, Dehnhard M, Fonseca C, de Sousa L, Jewgenow K (2019): Age, sex and storage time influence hair cortisol levels in a wild mammal population. PLOS ONE 14, e0221124. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0221124

Bandeira V, Virgos E, Azevedo A, Carvalho J, Cunha MV, Fonseca C (2019): Sex and season explain spleen weight variation in the Egyptian mongoose. CURR ZOOL 65, 11–20. doi:10.1093/cz/zoy031

Fasel NJ, McMillian K, Jakop U, Mene‐Saffrane L, Engel KM, Genoud M, Müller K, Christe P (2019): Modification of sperm fatty acid composition during epididymal maturation in bats. REPRODUCTION 157, 77–85. doi:10.1530/REP-18-0463

Fernandez‐Gonzalez L, Müller K, Jewgenow K, Zahmel J (2019): Felid‐gamete‐rescue within EAZA – efforts and results in biobanking felid oocytes and sperm. J ZOO AQUAR RES 7, 15–24. doi:10.19227/jzar.v7i1.369

Hryciuk MM, Braun BC, Bailey LD, Jewgenow K (2019): Functional and morphological characterization of small and large steroidogenic luteal cells from domestic cats before and during culture. FRONT ENDOCRINOL 10, 724. doi:10.3389/fendo.2019.00724

Jakop U, Svetlichnyy V, Schiller J, Schulze M, Schroeter F, Müller K (2019): In vitro supplementation with unsaturated fatty acids improves boar sperm viability after storage at 6 °C. ANIM REPROD SCI 206, 60–68. doi:10.1016/j.anireprosci.2019.05.008

Jewgenow K, Fernandez‐Gonzalez L, Jänsch S, Viertel D, Zahmel J (2019): Brilliant cresyl blue staining allows the selection for developmentally competent immature feline oocytes. THERIOGENOLOGY 126, 320–325. doi:10.1016/j.theriogenology.2018.12.021

Krone O, Bailey LD, Jähnig S, Lauth T, Dehnhard M (2019): Monitoring corticoid metabolites in urine of white‐tailed sea eagles: Negative effects of road proximity on breeding pairs. GEN COMP ENDOCRINOL 283, 113223. doi:10.1016/j.ygcen.2019.113223

Ludwig C, Dehnhard M, Pribbenow S, Silinski‐Mehr S, Hofer H, Wachter B (2019): Asymmetric reproductive aging in cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) females in European zoos. J ZOO AQUAR RES 7, 87–93. doi:10.19227/jzar.v7i2.382

Schulze M, Czirják GÁ, Müller K, Bortfeldt R, Jung M, Jakop U (2019): Antibacterial defense and sperm quality in boar ejaculates. J REPROD IMMUNOL 131, 13–20. doi:10.1016/j.jri.2018.11.001

Welke RW, Haralampiev I, Schröter F, Braun BC, Herrmann A, Sieben C, Müller P (2019): Inhibition of influenza virus activity by the bovine seminal plasma protein PDC‐109. EUR BIOPHYS J BIOPHYS LETT 48, 503–511. doi:10.1007/s00249-019-01374-3

Wilson KS, Wauters J, Valentine I, McNeilly A, Girling S, Li R, Li D, Zhang H, Rae MT, Howie F, Andrew R, Duncan WC (2019): Urinary estrogens as a non‐invasive biomarker of viable pregnancy in the giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca). SCI REP 9, 12772. doi:10.1038/s41598-019-49288-6


Araújo Martins JL, Lopes MD, Ferreira de Souza F, Sossai Possebon F, Wibbelt G, Jewgenow K (2018): Cat preantral follicle survival after prolonged cooled storage followed by vitrification. CRYOBIOLOGY 81, 94–100. doi:10.1016/j.cryobiol.2018.02.004

Braun BC, Okuyama MW, Müller K, Dehnhard M, Jewgenow K (2018): Steroidogenic enzymes, their products and sex steroid receptors during testis development and spermatogenesis in the domestic cat (Felis catus). J STEROID BIOCHEM MOL BIOL 178, 135–149. doi:10.1016/j.jsbmb.2017.11.013

Elger W, Schneider B, Killeen Z, Jewgenow K, Dehnhard M, Friedrich M, Santhamma B, Wedemeyer R, Nickisch K (2018): Model for hormonal emergency contraception (HEC) in cycling and mated guinea pigs – studies with the progesterone receptor modulators (PRM) Ulipristal Acetate (UPA/CDB2914) and EC317. J STEROID BIOCHEM MOL BIOL 183,152–158. doi:10.1016/j.jsbmb.2018.06.009

Hribal R, Rübensam K, Bernhardt S, Jewgenow K, Guenther A (2018): Effect of season on reproductive behaviors and fertilization success in cavies (Cavia aperea). THERIOGENOLOGY 114, 185–190. doi:10.1016/j.theriogenology.2018.03.039

Seeber PA, Franz M, Dehnhard M, Ganswindt A, Greenwood AD, East ML (2018): Plains zebra (Equus quagga) adrenocortical activity increases during times of large aggregations in the Serengeti ecosystem. HORM BEHAV 102, 1–9. doi:10.1016/j.yhbeh.2018.04.005

Seeber PA, Quintard B, Sicks F, Dehnhard M, Greenwood AD, Franz M (2018): Environmental stressors may cause equine herpesvirus reactivation in captive Grévy’s zebras (Equus grevyi). PEERJ 6, e5422. doi:10.7717/peerj.5422

Wegener J, Jakop U, Schiller J, Müller K (2018): The membrane phospholipid composition of honeybee (Apis mellifera) workers reflects their nutrition, fertility and vitellogenin stores. INSECT SOC 65, 381–391. doi:10.1007/s00040-018-0623-x

Weyrich A, Jeschek M, Schrapers KT, Lenz D, Chung H, Rübensam K, Yasar S, Schneemann M, Ortmann S, Jewgenow K, Fickel J (2018): Diet changes alter paternally inherited epigenetic pattern in male Wild guinea pigs. ENVIRON EPIGENETICS 4, dvy011. doi:10.1093/eep/dvy011


Braun BC, Jewgenow K (2017): Expression of steroidogenic enzymes and steroid receptors in foetal gonads of domestic cat – sex similarities and differences. REPROD DOMEST ANIM 52, Suppl. 2, 130–136. doi:10.1111/rda.12829

Chen S, Palma‐Vera SE, Langhammer M, Galuska SP, Braun BC, Krause E, Lucas‐Hahn A, Schoen J (2017): An air‐liquid interphase approach for modeling the early embryo‐maternal contact zone. SCI REP 7, 42298. doi:10.1038/srep42298

Dehnhard M, Naidenko SV, Jewgenow K (2017): Metabolism of prostaglandin F2alpha in Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) and Asian leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis euptilura). REPROD DOMEST ANIM 52, Suppl. 2, 45–51. doi:10.1111/rda.12894

Engel KM, Schiller J, Müller K, Dannenberger D, Jakop U (2017): The phospholipid composition of kangaroo spermatozoa verified by mass spectrometric lipid analysis. LIPIDS 52, 857–869. doi:10.1007/s11745-017-4283-9

Fernandez‐Gonzalez L, Jewgenow K (2017): Cryopreservation of feline oocytes by vitrification using commercial kits and slush nitrogen technique. REPROD DOMEST ANIM 52, 230–234. doi:10.1111/rda.12837

Heinrich SK, Hofer H, Courtiol A, Melzheimer J, Dehnhard M, Czirják GÁ*, Wachter B* (2017): Cheetahs have a stronger constitutive innate immunity than leopards. SCI REP 7, 44837. doi:10.1038/srep44837

Jewgenow K, Braun BC, Dehnhard M, Zahmel J, Goeritz F (2017): Research on reproduction is essential for captive breeding of endangered carnivore species. REPROD DOMEST ANIM 52, Suppl. 2, 18–23. doi:10.1111/rda.12836

Luther I, Jakop U, Lueders I, Tordiffe A, Franz C, Schiller J, Kotze A, Müller K (2017): Semen cryopreservation and radical reduction capacity of seminal fluid in captive African lion (Panthera leo). THERIOGENOLOGY 89, 295–304. doi:10.1016/j.theriogenology.2016.10.024

Pribbenow S, Shrivastav TG, Dehnhard M (2017): Measuring fecal testosterone metabolites in spotted hyenas: Choosing the wrong assay may lead to erroneous results. J IMMUNOASS IMMUNOCH 38, 308–321. doi:10.1080/15321819.2016.1260584

Schröter F, Müller K, Müller P, Krause E, Braun BC (2017): Recombinant expression of porcine spermadhesin AWN and its phospholipid interaction: indication for a novel lipid binding property. REPROD DOMEST ANIM 52, 585–595. doi:10.1111/rda.12953

Sowinska N, Müller K, Niżański W, Jewgenow K (2017): Mitochondrial characteristics in oocytes of the domestic cat (Felis catus) after in vitro maturation and vitrification. REPROD DOMEST ANIM 52, 806–813. doi:10.1111/rda.12982

Stillfried M, Gras P, Börner K, Göritz F, Painer J, Röllig K, Wenzler M, Hofer H, Ortmann S, Kramer‐Schadt S (2017): Secrets of success in a landscape of fear: Urban wild boar adjust risk perception and tolerate disturbance. FRONT ECOL EVOL 5,157. doi:10.3389/fevo.2017.00157

Zahmel J, Mundt H, Jewgenow K, Braun BC (2017): Analysis of gene expression in granulosa cells post maturation to evaluate oocyte culture systems in domestic cat. REPROD DOMEST ANIM 52, Suppl. 2, 65–70. doi:10.1111/rda.12927


Amelkina O, Zschockelt L, Painer J, Serra R, Villaespesa F, Jewgenow K, Braun BC (2016): Progesterone, estrogen and androgen receptors in the corpus luteum of the domestic cat, Iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus) and Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx). THERIOGENOLOGY 86, 2107–2118. doi:10.1016/j.theriogenology.2016.06.026

Brütsch SH, Rademacher M, Roth SR, Müller K, Eder S, Viertel D, Franz C, Kühn H, Borchert A (2016): Male subfertility induced by heterozygous expression of catalytically inactive glutathione peroxidase 4 is rescued in vivo by systemic inactivation of the Alox15 gene. J BIOL CHEM 291, 23578–23588. doi:10.1074/jbc.M116.738930

Goettling J, Goeritz F, Jewgenow K, Painer J (2016): Serum chemistry and haematology for female Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx). EUR J WILDL RES 62, 365–367. doi:10.1007/s10344-016-0990-4

Hribal R, Jewgenow K, Rübensam K, Günther A (2016): Blastocyst recovery and multifactorial gene expression analysis in the wild guinea pig (Cavia aperea). THERIOGENOLOGY 86, 1299–1307. doi:10.1016/j.theriogenology.2016.04.071

Kelm DH, Popa‐Lisseanu AG, Dehnhard M, Ibáñez C (2016): Non‐invasive monitoring of stress hormones in the bat Eptesicus isabellinus – do fecal glucocorticoid metabolite concentrations correlate with survival? GEN COMP ENDOCRINOL 226, 27–35. doi:10.1016/j.ygcen.2015.12.003

Klaus C, Eder S, Franz C, Müller K (2016): Successful cryopreservation of domestic cat (Felis catus) epididymal sperm after slow equilibration to 15 or 10°C. REPROD DOMEST ANIM 51, 195–203. doi:10.1111/rda.12666

Lopes CAP, Alves AMCV, Jewgenow K, Báo SN, Figueiredo JR (2016): Cryopreservation of canine ovarian cortex using DMSO or 1,3‐propanediol. THERIOGENOLOGY 86, 1165–1174. doi:10.1016/j.theriogenology.2016.04.006

Pribbenow S, East ML, Ganswindt A, Tordiffe ASW, Hofer H, Dehnhard M (2016): Correction: Measuring Faecal Epi‐Androsterone as an Indicator of Gonadal Activity in Spotted Hyenas (Crocuta crocuta). PLOS ONE 11, e0163851. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0163851

Pribbenow S, Wachter B, Ludwig C, Weigold A, Dehnhard M (2016): Validation of an enzyme‐immunoassay for the non‐invasive monitoring of faecal testosterone metabolites in male cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus). GEN COMP ENDOCRINOL 228, 40–47. doi:10.1016/j.ygcen.2016.01.015

Prieto‐Pablos MT, Sánchez‐Calabuig MJ, Hildebrandt TB, Göritz F, Ortmann S, Eder S, Santiago‐Moreno J, Hermes R, Saragusty J (2016): Cryopreservation of captive roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) semen. THERIOGENOLOGY 86, 695–703. doi:10.1016/j.theriogenology.2016.02.023

Schröter F, Jakop U, Teichmann A, Haralampiev I, Tannert A, Wiesner B, Müller P, Müller K (2016): Lipid dynamics in boar sperm studied by advanced fluorescence imaging techniques. EUR BIOPHYS J BIOPHYS LETT 45, 149–163. doi:10.1007/s00249-015-1084-z

Schulze M, Dathe M, Waberski D, Müller K (2016): Liquid storage of boar semen: Current and future perspectives on the use of cationic antimicrobial peptides to replace antibiotics in semen extenders. THERIOGENOLOGY 85, 39–46. doi:10.1016/j.theriogenology.2015.07.016

Weyrich A, Benz S, Karl S, Jeschek M, Jewgenow K, Fickel J (2016): Paternal heat exposure causes DNA methylation and gene expression changes of Stat3 in Wild guinea pig sons. ECOL EVOL 6, 2657–2666. doi:10.1002/ece3.1993

Weyrich A, Lenz D, Jeschek M, Chung TH, Rübensam K, Göritz F, Jewgenow K, Fickel J (2016): Paternal intergenerational epigenetic response to heat exposure in male wild guinea pigs. MOL ECOL 25, 1729–1740. doi:10.1111/mec.13494

Zschockelt L, Amelkina O, Siemieniuch M, Kowalewski M, Dehnhard M, Jewgenow K, Braun BC (2016): Synthesis and reception of prostaglandins in corpora lutea of domestic cat and lynx. REPRODUCTION 152, 111–126. doi:10.1530/REP-16-0180


Amelkina O, Braun BC, Dehnhard M, Jewgenow K (2015): The corpus luteum of the domestic cat: Histologic classification and intraluteal hormone profile. THERIOGENOLOGY 83, 711–720. doi:10.1016/j.theriogenology.2014.11.008

Amelkina O, Zschockelt L, Painer J, Serra R, Villaespesa F, Braun BC, Jewgenow K (2015): Apoptosis‐related factors in the luteal phase of the domestic cat and their involvement in the persistence of corpora lutea in lynx. PLOS ONE 10, e0143414. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0143414

Braun BC, Müller K, Jewgenow K (2015): Expression profiles of relaxin family peptides and their receptors indicate their influence on spermatogenesis in the domestic cat (Felis catus). DOMEST ANIM ENDOCRINOL 52, 25–34. doi:10.1016/j.domaniend.2015.01.005

Davidian CE, Benhaiem S, Courtiol A, Hofer H, Höner OP, Dehnhard M (2015): Determining hormone metabolite concentrations when enzyme immunoassay accuracy varies over time. METHODS ECOL EVOL 6, 576–583. doi:10.1111/2041-210X.12338

Dehnhard M, Kumar V, Chandrasekhar M, Jewgenow K, Umapathy G (2015): Non‐invasive pregnancy diagnosis in big cats using the PGFM (13,14‐dihydro‐15‐keto‐PGF2α) assay. PLOS ONE 10, e0143958. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0143958

Fernandez‐Gonzalez L, Hribal R, Stagegaard J, Zahmel J, Jewgenow K (2015): Production of lion (Panthera leo) blastocysts after in vitro maturation of oocytes and ICSI. THERIOGENOLOGY 83, 995–999. doi:10.1016/j.theriogenology.2014.11.037

Hecht A, Braun BC, Krause E, Voigt CC, Greenwood AD, Czirják GÁ (2015): Plasma proteomic analysis of active and torpid greater mouse‐eared bats (Myotis myotis). SCI REP 5, 16604. doi:10.1038/srep16604

Henry F, Eder S, Reynaud K, Schön J, Wibbelt G, Fontbonne A, Müller K (2015): Seminal fluid promotes in vitro sperm‐oviduct binding in the domestic cat (Felis catus). THERIOGENOLOGY 83, 1373–1380. doi:10.1016/j.theriogenology.2015.01.031

Kaese M, Galuska CE, Simon P, Braun BC, Cabrera‐Fuentes HA, Middendorff R, Wehrend A, Jewgenow K, Galuska SP (2015): Polysialylation takes place in granulosa cells during apoptotic processes of atretic tertiary follicles. FEBS J 282, 4595–4606. doi:10.1111/febs.13519

Pribbenow S, East ML, Ganswindt A, Tordiffe AS, Hofer H, Dehnhard M (2015): Measuring faecal epi‐androsterone as an indicator of gonadal activity in spotted hyenas (Crocuta crocuta). PLOS ONE 10, e0128706. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0128706

Rübensam K, Hribal R, Jewgenow K, Guenther A (2015): Seasonally different reproductive investment in a medium sized rodent (Cavia aperea). THERIOGENOLOGY 84, 639–644. doi:10.1016/j.theriogenology.2015.04.023

Schulze M, Grobbel M, Müller K, Junkes C, Dathe M, Rüdiger K, Jung M (2015): Challenges and limits using antimicrobial peptides in boar semen preservation. REPROD DOMEST ANIM 50, 5–10. doi:10.1111/rda.12553

Zschockelt L, Amelkina O, Koster S, Painer J, Okuyama MW, Serra R, Vargas A, Jewgenow K, Braun BC (2015): Comparative analysis of intraluteal steroidogenic enzymes emphasises the functionality of fresh and persistent corpora lutea during pro‐ and metoestrus in the lynx. J STEROID BIOCHEM MOL BIOL 154, 75–84. doi:10.1016/j.jsbmb.2015.07.001


Dehnhard M, Naidenko SV, Jewgenow K (2014): Comparative metabolism of PGFM (13,14‐dihydro‐15‐keto‐PGF2α) in feces of felids. THERIOGENOLOGY 81, 733–743. doi:10.1016/j.theriogenology.2013.12.007

Hänsch M, Simon P, Schön J, Kaese M, Braun BC, Jewgenow K, Göritz F, Küpper J, Ahmadvand N, Geyer R, Middendorff R, Müller K, Galuska SP (2014): Polysialylation of NCAM correlates with onset and termination of seasonal spermatogenesis in roe deer. GLYCOBIOLOGY 24, 488–493. doi:10.1093/glycob/cwu023

Jewgenow K, Painer J, Amelkina O, Dehnhard M, Göritz F (2014): Lynx reproduction – long‐lasting life cycle of Corpora lutea in a feline species. REPROD BIOL 14, 83–88. doi:10.1016/j.repbio.2014.03.002

Kersey DC, Dehnhard M (2014): The use of noninvasive and minimally invasive methods in endocrinology for threatened mammalian species conservation. GEN COMP ENDOCRINOL 203, 296–306. doi:10.1016/j.ygcen.2014.04.022

Klein AS, Tannert A, Schaefer M (2014): Cholesterol sensitises the transient receptor potential channel TRPV3 to lower temperatures and activator concentrations. CELL CALCIUM 55, 59–68. doi:10.1016/j.ceca.2013.12.001

Lüders I, Ludwig C, Schröder M, Müller K, Zahmel J, Dehnhard M (2014): Successful non‐surgical artificial insemination and hormonal monitoring in an Asiatic golden cat (Catopuma temmincki). J ZOO WILDL MED 45, 372–379. doi:10.1638/2013-0269r.1

Müller K, Koster S, Painer J, Söderberg A, Gavier‐Widèn D, Dehnhard M, Jewgenow K (2014): Testosterone production and spermatogenesis in free‐ranging Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) throughout the year. EUR J WILDL RES 60, 569–577. doi:10.1007/s10344-014-0821-4

Nickisch K, Elger W, Santhamma B, Garfield R, Killeen Z, Amelkina O, Schneider B, Meister R (2014): Synthesis and biological evaluation of 11’ imidazolyl antiprogestins and mesoprogestins. STEROIDS 92, 45–55. doi:10.1016/j.steroids.2014.08.017

Painer J, Göritz F, Dehnhard M, Hildebrandt TB, Naidenko SV, Sánchez I, Quevedo Muñoz MA, Jewgenow K (2014): Hormone‐induced luteolysis on physiologically persisting Corpora lutea in Eurasian and Iberian Lynx (Lynx lynx and L. pardinus). THERIOGENOLOGY 82, 557–562. doi:10.1016/j.theriogenology.2014.05.004

Painer J, Jewgenow K, Dehnhard M, Arnemo JM, Linnell JDC, Odden J, Hildebrandt TB, Göritz F (2014): Physiologically persistent Corpora lutea in Eurasian Lynx (Lynx lynx) – Longitudinal ultrasound and endocrine examinations intra‐vitam. PLOS ONE 9, e90469. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0090469

Pribbenow S, Jewgenow K, Vargas A, Serra R, Naidenko S, Dehnhard M (2014): Validation of an enzyme immunoassay for the measurement of faecal glucocorticoid metabolites in Eurasian (Lynx lynx) and Iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus). GEN COMP ENDOCRINOL 206, 166–177. doi:10.1016/j.ygcen.2014.07.015

Pyttel S, Nimptsch A, Böttger J, Zschörnig K, Jakop U, Wegener J, Müller K, Paasch U, Schiller J (2014): Changes of murine sperm phospholipid composition during epididymal maturation determined by MALDI‐TOF mass spectrometry. THERIOGENOLOGY 82, 396–402. doi:10.1016/j.theriogenology.2014.04.017

Schulze M, Junkes C, Müller P, Speck S, Rüdiger K, Dathe M, Müller K (2014): Are cationic antimicrobial peptides an alternative for conventional antibiotics in boar semen preservation? Effects of antimicrobial peptides on liquid‐preserved boar spermatozoa. PLOS ONE 9, e100490. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0100490

Schumann K, Guenther A, Göritz F, Jewgenow K (2014): Characterisation of fetal growth by repeated ultrasound measurements in the wild guinea pig (Cavia aperea). THERIOGENOLOGY 82, 742–749. doi:10.1016/j.theriogenology.2014.05.007

Schumann K, Guenther A, Jewgenow K, Trillmich F (2014): Animal housing and welfare: effects of housing conditions on body weight and cortisol in a medium sized rodent (Cavia aperea). J APPL ANIM WELF SCI 17, 111–124. doi:10.1080/10888705.2014.884407

Siemieniuch MJ, Jursza E, Szóstek AZ, Zschockelt L, Boos A, Kowalewski MP (2014): Placental origin of prostaglandin F2α in the domestic cat. MEDIAT INFLAMM. doi:10.1155/2014/364787

Speck S, Courtiol A, Junkes C, Dathe M, Müller K, Schulze M (2014): Cationic synthetic peptides: assessment of their antimicrobial potency in liquid preserved boar semen. PLOS ONE 9, e105949. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0105949

Svetlichnyy V, Müller P, Pomorski TG, Schulze M, Schiller J, Müller K (2014): Metabolic incorporation of unsaturated fatty acids into boar spermatozoa lipids and de novo formation of diacylglycerols. CHEM PHYS LIPIDS 177, 41–50. doi:10.1016/j.chemphyslip.2013.11.001

Urbatzka R, Lorenz C, Wiedemann C, Lutz I, Kloas W (2014): Steroid exposure during larval development of Xenopus laevis affects mRNA expression of the reproductive pituitary‐gonadal axis in a sex‐ and stage‐dependent manner. COMP BIOCHEM PHYSIOL C-TOXICOL PHARMACOL 160, 1–8. doi:10.1016/j.cbpc.2013.11.003

Weyrich A, Schüllermann T, Heeger F, Mazzoni CJ, Jeschek M, Chen W, Schumann K, Fickel J (2014): Whole genome sequencing and methylome analysis of the wild guinea pig. BMC GENOMICS 15, 1036. doi:10.1186/1471-2164-15-1036

Zschockelt L, Amelkina O, Siemieniuch MJ, Koster S, Jewgenow K, Braun BC (2014): Corpora lutea of pregnant and pseudopregnant domestic cats reveal similar steroidogenic capacities during the luteal life span. J STEROID BIOCHEM MOL BIOL 144, 373–381. doi:10.1016/j.jsbmb.2014.08.010


Benhaiem S, Hofer H, Dehnhard M, Helms J, East ML (2013): Sibling competition and hunger increase allostatic load in spotted hyaenas. BIOL LETT 9, 20130040. doi:10.1098/rsbl.2013.0040

Dehnhard M, Jewgenow K (2013): Measurement of fecal prostaglandins in felids and three ursid species. WIEN TIERARZTL MONAT 100, 227–237.

Hribal R, Jewgenow K, Braun BC, Comizzoli P (2013): Influence of culture medium composition on relative mRNA abundances in domestic cat embryos. REPROD DOMEST ANIM 48, 245–251. doi:10.1111/j.1439-0531.2012.02139.x

Jewgenow K, Pukazhenthi BS, Schoen J (2013): Analysis of Sertoli cell‐efficiency allows the differentiation between two fundamentally different forms of feline teratospermia. THERIOGENOLOGY 79, 261–266. doi:10.1016/j.theriogenology.2012.08.014

Ludwig C, Wachter B, Silinskia S, Ganswindt A, Bertschinger H, Hofer H, Dehnhard M (2013): Characterisation and validation of an enzyme‐immunoassay for the non‐invasive assessment of faecal glucocorticoid metabolites in cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus). GEN COMP ENDOCRINOL 180, 15–23. doi:10.1016/j.ygcen.2012.10.005

Nickisch K, Elger W, Cessac J, Kesavaram N, Das B, Garfield R, Shi S, Amelkina O, Meister R (2013): Synthesis and biological evaluation of partially fluorinated antiprogestins and mesoprogestins. STEROIDS 78, 255–267. doi:10.1016/j.steroids.2012.09.010

Nimptsch A, Fuchs B, Süß R, Zschörnig K, Jakop U, Göritz F, Schiller J, Müller K (2013): A simple method to identify ether lipids in spermatozoa samples by MALDI‐TOF mass spectrometry. ANAL BIOANAL CHEM 405, 6675–6682. doi:10.1007/s00216-013-7147-z

Schulze M, Ruediger K, Müller K, Jung M, Well C, Reissmann M (2013): Development of an in vitro index to characterize fertilizing capacity of boar ejaculates. ANIM REPROD SCI 140, 70–76. doi:10.1016/j.anireprosci.2013.05.012

Simon P, Bäumner S, Busch O, Röhrich R, Kaese M, Richterich P, Wehrend A, Müller K, Gerardy‐Schahn R, Mühlenhoff M, Geyer H, Geyer R, Middendorff R, Galuska SP (2013): Polysialic acid is present in mammalian semen as a post‐translational modification of NCAM and the polysialyltransferase ST8SiaII. J BIOL CHEM 228, 18825–18833. doi:10.1074/jbc.M113.451112

Wegener J, Bresler K, Teuber K, Fuchs B, Schiller J, Müller K (2013): Conservation of honey bee (Apis mellifera) sperm phospholipids during storage in the bee queen – a TLC/MALDI‐TOF MS Study. EXP GERONTOL 48, 213–222. doi:10.1016/j.exger.2012.12.009

Wiedemann C, Zahmel J, Jewgenow K (2013): Short‐term culture of ovarian cortex pieces to assess the cryopre‐servation outcome in wild felids for genome conservation. BMC VET RES 9, 37. doi:10.1186/1746-6148-9-37

Wongbandue G, Jewgenow K, Chatdarong K (2013): Effects of thyroxin (T4) and activin A on in vitro growth of cat preantral follicles in domestic cats. THERIOGENOLOGY 79, 824–832. doi:10.1016/j.theriogenology.2012.12.008