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BioMed Research International
Volume 2014, Article ID 841615, 13 pages
Review Article

Calcium Influx and Male Fertility in the Context of the Sperm Proteome: An Update

Department of Animal Science and Technology, Chung-Ang University, 4726 Seodong-daero, Anseong, Gyeonggi-Do 456-756, Republic of Korea

Received 17 December 2013; Accepted 14 January 2014; Published 27 April 2014

Academic Editor: Jeroen Krijgsveld

Copyright © 2014 Md Saidur Rahman et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Freshly ejaculated spermatozoa are incapable or poorly capable of fertilizing an oocyte. The fertilization aptness of spermatozoa depends on the appropriate and time-dependent acquisition of hyperactivation, chemotaxis, capacitation, and the acrosome reaction, where calcium (Ca2+) is extensively involved in almost every step. A literature review showed that several ion channel proteins are likely responsible for regulation of the Ca2+ uptake in spermatozoa. Therefore, manipulation of the functions of channel proteins is closely related to Ca2+ influx, ultimately affecting male fertility. Recently, it has been shown that, together with different physiological stimuli, protein-protein interaction also modifies the Ca2+ influx mechanism in spermatozoa. Modern proteomic analyses have identified several sperm proteins, and, therefore, these findings might provide further insight into understanding the Ca2+ influx, protein functions, and regulation of fertility. The objective of this review was to synthesize the published findings on the Ca2+ influx mechanism in mammalian spermatozoa and its implications for the regulation of male fertility in the context of sperm proteins. Finally, Pathway Studio (9.0) was used to catalog the sperm proteins that regulate the Ca2+ influx signaling by using the information available from the PubMed database following a MedScan Reader (5.0) search.