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Title
Perspectives of nanotechnology in male fertility and sperm function
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Abstract
Recent advances in nanotechnology have tremendously expanded its possible applications in biomedicine. Although, the effects of nanoparticles (NPs) at cellular and tissue levels have not been fully understood, some of these biological effects might be employed in assisted reproduction to improve male fertility particularly by enhancing sperm cell quality either in vivo or in vitro. This review summarises the available literature regarding the potential applications of nanomaterials in farm animal reproduction, with a specific focus on the male gamete and on different strategies to improve breeding performances, transgenesis and targeted delivery of substances to a sperm cell. Antioxidant, antimicrobial properties and special surface binding ligand functionalization and their applications for sperm processing and cryopreservation have been reviewed. In addition, nanotoxicity and detrimental effects of NPs on sperm cells are also discussed due to the increasing concerns regarding the environmental impact of the expanding use of nanotechnologies on reproduction.
Language
English
Source (journal)
International Journal of Veterinary Science and Medicine
Publication
Giza : Cairo univ , 2018
ISSN
23144599
2314-4599
Volume/pages
6 :2 (2018) , p. 265-269
ISI
000451781200021
Pubmed ID
30564607
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UAntwerpen
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Creation 11.10.2018
Last edited 25.08.2021
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