Transferrin in seminal plasma and in serum of men: Its correlation with sperm quality and hormonal status

A. Ber, N. Vardinon, L. Yogev, H. Yavetz, Z. T. Homonnai, I. Yust, G. F. Paz

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Abstract

Transferrin concentrations in the seminal plasma and in serum were measured and correlated with sperm quality (concentration, motility and morphology) and hormonal status (FSH, LH and testosterone) of 75 men aged from 21 to 46 years. A significant positive correlation was found between the seminal plasma concentration of transferrin and the sperm concentration (r = 0.69, P < 0.0001) and motility (r= 0.39, P < 0.0001). No other correlations were found. These data confirm that seminal plasma levels of transferrin can be used as a reliable index of sperm quality, and possibly as a Sertoli cell marker.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)294-297
Number of pages4
JournalHuman Reproduction
Volume5
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1990

Keywords

  • Hormonal status
  • Seminal plasma
  • Sperm quality
  • Transferrin

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