Proteinaceous “Sperm Receptors” on the egg plasma membrane facilitate binding of sperm (Wolf et al., 1976). The inability of trypsin inhibitors to prevent binding of mouse sperm to eggs (Saling, 1981) suggests that acrosin activity is not required for gamete contact, but Ca2+ is necessary for sperm-egg contact in both hamsters (Yanagimachi, 1982) and mice (Saling, 1981).


Malachite Green Human Spermatozoon Acrosome Reaction Sperm Head Acrosomal Membrane 
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  • Trevor G. Cooper
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  1. 1.Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e. V.Klinische Forschungsgruppe für Reproduktionsmedizin an der Frauenklinik der Universität MünsterMünsterGermany

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