The structures that underlie normal reproductive function

Mol Cell Endocrinol. 2007 Mar 15;267(1-2):1-5. doi: 10.1016/j.mce.2006.10.018. Epub 2006 Nov 30.


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Endocrine System
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Ovarian Follicle / anatomy & histology
  • Ovarian Follicle / growth & development
  • Reproduction / physiology*
  • Signal Transduction
  • Urogenital System / anatomy & histology*
  • Urogenital System / physiology*