[Frontiers in Bioscience 3, e247-253, December 15, 1998]
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THE CLINICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF SPERM-ZONA PELLUCIDA BINDING

Daniel R Franken

Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Stellenbosch, Tygerberg, South Africa

Received 6/20/98 Accepted 10/25/98

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. Abstract
2. Introduction
3. Oocyte availability
4. Sperm-zona binding assays
4.1. Hemizona assay
4.2. Competitive sperm-zona binding assay
5. Male fertility management
5.1. The role of semen parameters
6. Sperm zona binding as a diagnostic tool
7. The role of the zona pellucida & ooplasma
8. Perspective
9. References
10. Entire manuscript

Key words: Sperm, zona pellucida, sperm-zona binding