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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 628-632

Behavioral mechanisms of mammalian sperm guidance


Department of Biological Chemistry, The Weizmann Institute of Science, 7610001 Rehovot, Israel

Correspondence Address:
Michael Eisenbach
Department of Biological Chemistry, The Weizmann Institute of Science, 7610001 Rehovot
Israel
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/1008-682X.154308

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In mammals, sperm guidance in the oviduct appears essential for successful sperm arrival at the oocyte. Hitherto, three different potential sperm guidance mechanisms have been recognized: thermotaxis, rheotaxis, and chemotaxis, each of them using specific stimuli - a temperature gradient, fluid flow, and a chemoattractant gradient, respectively. Here, we review sperm behavioral in these mechanisms and indicate commonalities and differences between them.


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