Why are sperm cells phagocytosed by leukocytes in the female genital tract?

Abstract

When mammalian sperm cells enter the female genital tract, many of them are attacked and phagocytosed by leukocytes and epithelial cells. Although this intriguing phenomenon is known for almost five decades, there is no satisfactory explanation for it. Here, on the basis of recent information on the nature of the capacitated stage of mammalian sperm cells… (More)

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@article{Eisenbach2003WhyAS, title={Why are sperm cells phagocytosed by leukocytes in the female genital tract?}, author={Michael Eisenbach}, journal={Medical hypotheses}, year={2003}, volume={60 4}, pages={590-2} }