Carbohydrates and fertilization in animals.

  title={Carbohydrates and fertilization in animals.},
  author={D J Miller and R. L. Ax},
  journal={Molecular reproduction and development},
  volume={26 2},
A frequently used mechanism for sperm-egg recognition in many species involves complementary protein-carbohydrate interaction. The usual paradigm includes complex glycoconjugates in reproductive tract fluids or on the eggs which are recognized by carbohydrate-binding proteins on the sperm surface. Various glycoconjugates are utilized in the steps of sperm capacitation, sperm binding to the egg extracellular matrix and vitelline membrane and induction of the acrosome reaction. Several types of… CONTINUE READING


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