Control of Fertilization by Immunization With Peptide Fragments of Sperm Specific LDH-C4

  • Erwin Goldberg
  • Joyce A. Shelton


The use of a well-defined, synthetic antigen is essential to progress in developing a vaccine for fertility control and to establish with certainty the utility of such technology. The studies with LDH-C4 are consistent with the feasibility of using a synthetic antigen in a vaccine to control fertility. LDH-C4 remains the best-developed candidate for future studies. Immunization with LDH-C4 does suppress fertility, and the complete biochemical characterization of this isozyme is well underway. These studies will provide a wealth of synthetic antigens to substitute for the natural product in experiments to determine whether immunologic contraception is appropriate and desirable for wide-scale application in human beings.


Sertoli Cell Primary Spermatocyte Female Rabbit Fertility Regulation Contraceptive Vaccine 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Erwin Goldberg
    • 1
  • Joyce A. Shelton
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell BiologyNorthwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA

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