The acrosome reaction in digitonin-permeabilized sea urchin sperm in the absence of the natural inducer.

Abstract

In many species, the acrosome reaction of sperm is an obligatory step in fertilization. Increases in [Ca2+]i and pHi, activation of adenylyl cyclase and inositol trisphosphate generation accompany the egg jelly-induced acrosome reaction of sea urchin sperm. The signaling mechanisms involved are unknown. We used digitonin, a cholesterol-complexing compound… (More)

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