Adaptive Evolution of Primate Sperm Proteins

Abstract

Adaptive pressures throughout primate evolution have shaped sperm and seminal fluid proteins, causing them to change more rapidly than most other proteins. The adaptations are thought to be in response to sperm competition, sexual conflict, pathogen evasion and reinforcement.

Keywords: positive selection; adaptive evolution; sperm; semen; primate; sexual selection

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Steps of fertilization and specific proteins showing adaptive evolution.

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Clark, Nathaniel L(Apr 2008) Adaptive Evolution of Primate Sperm Proteins. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0020775]