The role of Wnt signaling in male reproductive physiology and pathology

Ruizhi Xue, Wenfeng Lin, Jingkai Sun, Masami Watanabe, Abai Xu, Motoo Araki, Yasutomo Nasu, Zhengyan Tang, Peng Huang

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Accumulating evidence has shown that Wnt signaling is deeply involved in male reproductive physiology, and malfunction of the signal path can cause pathological changes in genital organs and sperm cells. These abnormalities are diverse in manifestation and have been constantly found in the knockout models of Wnt studies. Nevertheless, most of the research solely focused on a certain factor in the Wnt pathway, and there are few reports on the overall relation between Wnt signals and male reproductive physiology. In our review, Wnt findings relating to the reproductive system were sought and summarized in terms of Wnt ligands, Wnt receptors, Wnt intracellular signals and Wnt regulators. By sorting out and integrating relevant functions, as well as underlining the controversies among different reports, our review aims to offer an overview of Wnt signaling in male reproductive physiology and pathology for further mechanistic studies.

Original languageEnglish
JournalMolecular Human Reproduction
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 22 2021


  • infertility
  • knockout
  • male reproductive physiology
  • sperm maturation
  • spermatogenesis
  • Wnt signaling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Embryology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Cell Biology

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