Sperm-Storage Defects and Live Birth in Drosophila Females Lacking Spermathecal Secretory Cells

@inproceedings{Schnakenberg2011SpermStorageDA,
  title={Sperm-Storage Defects and Live Birth in Drosophila Females Lacking Spermathecal Secretory Cells},
  author={Sandra L. Schnakenberg and Wilfredo R Matias and Mark L Siegal},
  booktitle={PLoS biology},
  year={2011}
}
Male Drosophila flies secrete seminal-fluid proteins that mediate proper sperm storage and fertilization, and that induce changes in female behavior. Females also produce reproductive-tract secretions, yet their contributions to postmating physiology are poorly understood. Large secretory cells line the female's spermathecae, a pair of sperm-storage organs. We identified the regulatory regions controlling transcription of two genes exclusively expressed in these spermathecal secretory cells… CONTINUE READING
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