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Male infertility? Blame it on missing protein

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Tuesday, April 19, 2016 | 0 comments

Image: Male infertility? Blame it on missing proteinAdding a missing protein to infertile human sperm can 'kick-start' its ability to fertilize an egg and dramatically increase the chances of a successful pregnancy, a new study has claimed.

Researchers from Cardiff University have found that sperm transfers a vital protein, known as PLC-zeta (PLCz), to the egg upon fertilization.

This sperm protein initiates a process called 'egg activation' which sets off all the biological processes necessary for development of an embryo.

The research team has found that eggs that don't fertilize because of a defective PLCz, as in some forms of male infertility, can be treated with the active protein to produce egg activation.

The added PLCz kick-starts the fertilization process and significantly improves the chance of a successful pregnancy.

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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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