Data from: Lysozyme-associated bactericidal activity in the ejaculate of a wild passerine

Melissah Rowe, Gábor Árpád Czirják, Jan Lifjeld, Mathieu T. Giraudeau, Jan T. Lifjeld & Mathieu Giraudeau
Numerous antibacterial substances have been identified in the ejaculates of animals and are suggested to protect sperm from bacterial-induced damage in both the male and female reproductive tracts. Lysozymes, enzymes that exhibit bactericidal activity through their ability to break down bacterial cell walls, are likely to be particularly important for sperm defence as they are part of the constitutive innate immune system and are thus immediately available to protect sperm from bacterial attack. Birds are...
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