The study suggests which parts of the receptor are likely to be directly contacted by sperm, and provides new insights into how the sperm receptor is assembled and secreted from the egg. Apr 16, Events Feedback Manage subscriptions. Home News General News Egg meets sperm
3-D images show how sperm binds to the egg surface
Cell Although egg and sperm were first observed centuries ago, how sperm recognises the coat of the egg and penetrates it has remained unknown. Our study provides the first example of how this is achieved at the very beginning of fertilisation ", concludes Luca Jovine. Your message to the editors. Your email.
The VERL-lysin complex structures also suggest how lysin opens a hole into the egg coat, allowing sperm to penetrate into the egg. Related Stories. Luca Jovine.
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