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Iron testes: sperm mitochondria as a context for dissecting iron metabolism

Karen G Hales

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Department of Biology, Davidson College, Box 7118, Davidson, NC 28035, USA

BMC Biology 2010, 8:79  doi:10.1186/1741-7007-8-79

Published: 21 June 2010


A recent paper in BMC Developmental Biology reports that a mitochondrial iron importer is required for Drosophila male fertility and normal mitochondrial shaping in spermatids. This suggests that mitochondrial morphogenesis during insect spermatogenesis may be a useful new context in which to study iron metabolism.

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