Activation of protein kinase A stimulates the progesterone-induced calcium influx in human sperm exposed to the phosphodiesterase inhibitor papaverine.

Progesterone induces a fast transient calcium influx in human sperm though the activation of nongenomic receptors. During sperm capacitation, a complex process required for sperm to be able to fertilize the egg, the calcium influx induced by progesterone is enhanced. Sperm capacitation is mediated by an increase in cAMP content and subsequent protein kinase… CONTINUE READING