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ra0001s007 | Testis biology and spermatogenesis | WCRB2014

The role of autophagy in spermatogenesis

Wang Hongna , Li Wei

Acrosome is a specialized organelle that covers the anterior part of the sperm nucleus and plays an essential role in the process of fertilization. The molecular mechanism underlying the biogenesis of this lysosome-related organelle (LRO) is still largely unknown. Here we show that germ cell specific Atg7 knockout mice were infertile due to defect in acrosome biogenesis and displayed a phenotype of human globozoospermia, and this reproductive defect was successfully rescued by...