The cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator in reproductive health and disease

Hsiao Chang Chan, Yechun Ruan, Qiong He, Min Hui Chen, Hui Chen, Wen Ming Xu, Wen Ying Chen, Chen Xie, Xiao Hu Zhang, Zhen Zhou

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The cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) is an anion channel regulated by cAMP-dependent phosphorylation, which is expressed in epithelial cells of a wide variety of tissues including the reproductive tracts. Mutations in the gene encoding CFTR cause cystic fibrosis, a common genetic disease in Caucasian populations with a multitude of clinical manifestations including infertility/subfertility in both sexes. However, the physiological role of CFTR in reproduction and its involvement in the pathogenesis of reproductive diseases remain largely unknown. This review discusses the role of CFTR in regulating fluid volume and bicarbonate secretion in the reproductive tracts and their importance in various reproductive events. We also discuss the contribution of CFTR dysfunction to a number of pathological conditions. The evidence presented is consistent with an important role of CFTR in reproductive health and disease, suggesting that CFTR might be a potential target for the diagnosis and treatment of reproductive diseases including infertility. Journal compilation
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2187-2195
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Physiology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology


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