Sperm/egg interaction: the specificity of human spermatozoa.

  title={Sperm/egg interaction: the specificity of human spermatozoa.},
  author={J. M. Bedford},
  journal={The Anatomical record},
  volume={188 4},
Human spermatozoa display unusually limited affinities in their interaction with oocytes of other species. They adhered to and, when capacitated, penetrated the vestments of the oocyte of an ape--the gibbon, Hylobates lar--both in vivo and in vitro. On the other hand, human spermatozoa would not even attach to the zona surface of sub-hominoid primate (baboon, rhesus monkey, squirrel monkey), nor to the non-primate eutherian oocytes tested. Among the apes the gibbon stands furthest from man… CONTINUE READING
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