Tachykinins and Kisspeptins in the Regulation of Human Male Fertility

J Clin Med. 2019 Dec 31;9(1):113. doi: 10.3390/jcm9010113.


Infertility is a global disease affecting one out of six couples of reproductive age in the world, with a male factor involved in half the cases. There is still much to know about the regulation of human male fertility and thus we decided to focus on two peptide families that seem to play a key role in this function: tachykinins and kisspeptins. With this aim, we conducted an exhaustive review in order to describe the role of tachykinins and kisspeptins in human fertility and their possible implications in infertility etiopathogenesis. Many advances have been made to elucidate the roles of these two families in infertility, and multiple animal species have been studied, including humans. All of this knowledge could lead to new advances in male infertility diagnosis and treatment, but further research is needed to clarify all the implications of tachykinins and kisspeptins in fertility.

Keywords: assisted reproductive technology; kisspeptin; male infertility; neurokinin; tachykinin.

Publication types

  • Review