Role of Snail family proteins in male fertility and testicular cancer

Grant number: 1048110 | Funding period: 2013 - 2016



Male fertility requires production of healthy sperm in the testis. This project builds on our discoveries that testicular cells regulate gene activity via the Snail family of proteins during sperm development, and that interruption of their activities reduces fertility in mice and fruitflies. Snail proteins are also active in cancer cells. We propose to study the precise steps in sperm production affected by Snail proteins and how they affect the progression of testicular cancer.

University of Melbourne Researchers