[Frontiers in Bioscience 3, d1028-1038, October 1, 1998]
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THE ROLE OF CARBOHYDRATES IN MAMMALIAN SPERM-EGG INTERACTIONS: HOW IMPORTANT ARE CARBOHYDRATE EPITOPES?

Jane Zara and Rajesh K. Naz

Division of Research, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical College of Ohio, Richard d. Ruppert Health Center, 3120 Glendale Avenue, Toledo, OH 43614-5809, USA

Received 8/14/98 Accepted 8/20/98

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. Abstract
2. Introduction
3. Discussion
3.1. Ligand inhibition studies implicating the role of carbohydrates in sperm-zona pellucida binding
3.2. Carbohydrate epitopes of ZP3
3.3. Carbohydrate epitopes of zona pellucida binding proteins on sperm
4. Perspective
5. Acknowledgement
6. References
7. Entire manuscript

Key words: Carbohydrates, Mammals, Sperm, Testis, Ovary, Fertilization