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The Acrosome, Its Hydrolases, and Egg Penetration

  • R. A. P. Harrison

Abstract

The acrosome of the spermatozoon has long been recognized to play an essential role in fertilization in the vast majority of animal species studied. Located in the anterior part of the sperm head, this membrane- bounded vesicle is believed to contain hydrolytic enzymes whose action is necessary for egg penetration. The enzymes are deployed following an exocytotic event known as the acrosome reaction which takes place in the close vicinity of the egg at the time of fertilization, and spermatozoa which have not undergone an acrosome reaction will penetrate neither zona- invested nor zona-free eggs (5, 35, 59, 97).

Keywords

Sugar Permeability Lactate Amid Respiration 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. A. P. Harrison
    • 1
  1. 1.Animal Research StationA.R.C. Institute of Animal PhysiologyCambridgeEngland

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