The structures that underlie normal reproductive function

Thomas F. Lerch, Min Xu, Theodore S. Jardetzky, Kelly Edward Mayo, Ishwar Radhakrishnan, Ralph Kazer, Lonnie D. Shea, Teresa K Woodruff*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The mechanisms and physiology of reproductive function have fascinated scientists throughout time. Recent cellular and molecular level structural studies have provided unprecedented insights into reproductive systems and signaling networks. This 'cutting edge' editorial provides a recent example in each of these areas, namely, the anatomical integrity of the follicle, the molecular structure of activin with its binding partners and the molecular regulation of inhibin. These three examples of structure informing function help explain reproductive health and may provide solutions to reproductive disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalMolecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Mar 15 2007


  • Activin
  • Follicle
  • Follistatin
  • Inhibin
  • Ovary
  • Structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Endocrinology

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