Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Brain fertility control unravelled

Researchers have found that the kisspeptin-Gpr54 signalling, which occurs in a tiny population of nerve cells in the brain plays an important role in fertility and is also vital for ovulation. Mice without the Gpr54 receptors were infertile but were rescued back to fertility after the scientists inserted the Gpr54 gene. This finding will help in the development of new treatments for infertility and new classes of contraceptives.

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