Removal of sperm-coat from human spermatozoa by interaction with cervical mucus or a capacitating medium

M. Rosselli, M. Marchini, G. Soldati, A. Campana, M. Balerna

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Abstract

Human spermatozoa were labelled with cationized ferritin and their interaction with cervical mucus or a capacitating medium enriched with 3% bovine serum albumin (BSA) was investigated by transmission electron microscopy. It was found that the spermcoat was removed from the surface of spermatozoa after incubation in the BSA-enriched capacitating medium, as well as after crossing a column filled with cervical mucus. These results suggest that both media have a quantitatively similar action in removing the spermcoat.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)543-547
Number of pages5
JournalAndrologia
Volume22
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1990

Keywords

  • sperm-coat, cervical mucus interaction, cervical mucus, spermatozoa interaction
  • spermatozoa, cervical mucus interaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology
  • Nephrology

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