Molecular basis of sperm quality
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AuthorsRobles, V. (Vanesa)
Molecular basis of sperm quality Vanesa Robles Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO) Promontorio de San Martín s/n 39004, Santander, Spain and INDEGSAL, University of León, 24071, León, Spain. Tel.+34 942348397, email@example.com INTRODUCTION It is generally accepted that the best indicator for sperm quality is fertilization ability. Other parameters have been correlated with fertilization such as motility and sperm viability. Plasma membrane composition, mitochondrial functionality, spermatozoa metabolic activity, spermatozoa morphology and analysis of chromatin integrity have been also used in order to provide a general picture of sperm quality. But, taking into account the inherent ability of germ cells to transmit their genetic and epigenetic information to the progeny, it is necessary to introduce a molecular component in the equation of sperm quality assessment. RNAs IN THE CONTROL OF SPERM PRODUCTION AND SPERM QUALITY The specialized spermatozoa are ...