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Mol Reprod Dev. 2016 Oct;83(10):860-874. doi: 10.1002/mrd.22663.

Chang's meaning of capacitation: A molecular perspective.

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1
Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, ISB, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts.
2
Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, ISB, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts. pvisconti@vasci.umass.edu.

Abstract

Dr. Min Chue Chang's contributions to the field of reproductive biology set the stage for the development of the contraceptive pill and in vitro fertilization. Throughout his publications, Dr. Chang was also able to transmit his view of the fertilization process in ways that organized research for newer generations of reproductive biologists. Particularly relevant for the achievement of in vitro fertilization in mammals was the discovery that the sperm required a period of residence in the female tract to become fertilization-competent; Dr. Chang and Dr. Austin, in Australia, independently reported this process, now known as sperm capacitation. This review discusses Dr. Chang's views on capacitation, and puts them in the context of recent advances in the understanding of the molecular basis of this process. Mol. Reprod. Dev. 83: 860-874, 2016 © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

PMID:
27256723
DOI:
10.1002/mrd.22663
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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