Calcium signalling in the sperm head

9 Jul 2018, 15:20
New Law School/--022 (University of Sydney)

New Law School/--022

University of Sydney

Oral Presentation Biochemistry and Cell Biology Signalling, tissues & modelling


Julie Simons (California State University Maritime Academy)


Calcium signalling is a ubiquitous mechanism that many cell types use to control a plethora of biological processes. In particular, calcium plays a large role in fertility both for egg and sperm cells. In this presentation, we will focus on the acrosome reaction, which is a calcium-modulated vesicle release that must occur for sperm to successfully fertilize the egg. We will discuss the important biological components in this reaction and develop a mathematical model that highlights how multiple pathways interact to drive this unique calcium-driven event.

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Julie Simons (California State University Maritime Academy)

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