Special Issue "Molecular Determinants of Seminal Plasma on Sperm Biology and Fertility"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 September 2020).
Interests: sperm biology; oxidative stress; seminal plasma; sperm chromatin; flow cytometry; sperm motility; ruminant reproduction; boar reproduction
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Interests: sperm biology; oxidative stress; seminal plasma; sperm chromatin; flow cytometry; sperm motility; ruminants reproduction; boar reproduction
Seminal plasma has gained attention in the last decades, developing from being a mere vehicle for spermatozoa delivery to the female to having a pivotal role in fertility and offspring well-being. Research done in recent years has offered us a wealth of information on the molecular composition of this biological fluid and its influence in sperm biology, fertilization, and pregnancy.
This is a fascinating topic. Seminal plasma components not only modulate sperm physiology, but also interact with the female genital tract at many levels, affecting sperm transport and the immunological environment. Frontier research areas, such as proteomics, mRNA, miRNA, and extracellular vesicles analysis have entered in the study of seminal plasma. Moreover, there are plenty of differences between species, due to the strong evolutionary forces reflecting on an immense diversity of mating systems, genital morphology, and molecular interactions. Thus, seminal plasma has unique features and roles in each species.
Applied research on seminal plasma has also been plentiful. Both friend and foe, techniques related to assisted reproduction have aimed either at suppressing adverse effects of seminal plasma or at using it to improve fertility results. Currently, many research groups are dedicated to using seminal plasma or isolated components as supplements for sperm conservation, artificial insemination, or to promote embryo production or implantation.
This issue of IJMS is focused on "Molecular determinants of seminal plasma on sperm biology and fertility," and therefore welcomes novel research or insightful reviews on seminal plasma components, either basic or applied. Since seminal plasma involves many levels of animal reproduction, submissions dealing with its production, regulation, or related pathologies are also welcomed.
Dr. Felipe Martinez-Pastor
Dr. Manuel Álvarez-Rodríguez
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- Seminal plasma
- accessory glands
- extracellular vesicles
- artificial insemination
- sperm capacitation