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.
Thomas F. Lerch, Min Xu, Theodore S. Jardetzky, Kelly E. Mayo, Ishwar Radhakrishnan, Ralph Kazer, Lonnie D. Shea, and Teresa K. Woodruff; Molecular Cell Endocrinol 267 1-5 2006