the metabolism. A reduction in hydroxylamine pro-
hydrogen peroxide in the metabolism. Hydroxylam-
duction could be controlled by intravenous injection
ine forms hydroxylamine phosphate with monophos-
of hydroxylamine solution. No data is available for
phate ion [(NH3OH)3PO4]. Similar linkage is possible
the effects of the injection of dilute aqueous solu-
for sulphite ions through thiophosphoric acids,
tions of pure hydroxylamine. The salts of this com-
monothiophosphoric acid (H3PSO3) and dithiophos-
phoric acid (H3PS2O2) and trithiophosphoric acid
moderately toxic (mouse, lethal dose 408 mg/kg
(H3PS3O). It is proposed that proteins and enzymes
of body weight). Enhanced metabolic production
can be modified to form complexes containing poly-
of hydroxylamine is possible using sildenafil. How-
phosphoric acid along with hydrogen peroxide, hyd-
ever, the muscle stimulant action of this compound
roxylamine or sulphite groups which can be used to
could be counterproductive in some instances
transfer the required active compounds into the
where cardiac function is affected and in addition
granular cells of the brain with the possibility of giv-
the compound contains the benzene nucleus. Alter-
ing relief from the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.
native sulphite and nitrite carriers without thebenzene nucleus are preferred. Deficiencies in gly-coaldehyde and methanol are controllable by direct
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These compounds are possible sources of enhanced
Immunomodulation, allohormones and fertility
substances discussed in the above mentioned paperfall within a class referred to as allohormones [2,3].
Bazar et al.  reported that catecholamines present
Secondly, by combining their results with findings
in the semen influence female immune response, and
from fundamental biological research the authors
may represent a strategy to increase sperm survival.
provide essential insight into fertility problems faced
In relation to this idea, there are two issues that I
in reproductive medicine. In the following, I will
want to address here. Firstly, the type of bioactive
briefly elaborate on both these issues.
As Bazar et al.  rightly stated, it is not uncom-
) that have an allohormonal function within
mon for substances that are transferred into the
the female reproductive tract. Additionally, link-
mating partner (via semen or otherwise) to influ-
ing knowledge of fundamental and applied re-
ence the outcome of fertilization . As a matter
search clearly benefits the issue of fertility,
of fact, the biological literature focusing on sexual
which is relevant for animal breeding programs
selection is riddled with such examples , some of
as well as human reproduction. And, the overlap
which are quite extreme . Obviously, sexual
between the different fields illustrates that for a
selection favours the transfer of bioactive sub-
full understanding of reproductive processes, fun-
stances that enhance the chances of the sperm fer-
damental research is as important as applied
tilizing the partnerÕs eggs. This selective force is
particularly strong in species where semen (spermand seminal fluid) is costly to produce and spermcompetition is fierce, because in such cases fertili-zation is not assured .
Bioactive substances that influence the fate of
sperm after transfer can help to ensure paternity. Because such substances are transferred between
 Bazar KA, Yun AJ, Lee PY. Immunomodulatory function of
individuals of the same species, and act directly
seminal catecholamines may be an adaptation for repro-
on the physiology or behaviour without the involve-
duction. Med Hypotheses 2004;63:168–71.
ment of sensory organs, they have been defined as
 Koene JM, Ter Maat A. Allohormones: a class of bioactive
substances favoured by sexual selection. J Comp Physiol A
allohormones [2,3]. Given their immunomodulatory
effect in the female, catecholamines that are
 Koene JM, Ter Maat A. The distinction between phero-
transferred via the semen should also be seen as
mones and allohormones. J Comp Physiol A 2002;188:
Fertility in humans, and especially lack thereof,
 Kelly RW. Prostaglandins in primate semen: biasing the
immune system to benefit spermatozoa and virus. Prostag
is a recurring problem in reproductive medicine.
Leukotr Ess Fatty Acids 1997;57:113–8.
However, such problems may become much more
 Chapman T, Arnqvist G, Bangham J, Rowe L. Sexual conflict.
understandable when they are put into a broader
scientific framework, as has been brought forward
 Snook RR. Sexual selection: conflict, kindness and chican-
by several researchers [1,4,8]. Although the
 Birkhead TR, Møller AP. Sperm competition and sexual
necessity of immunomodulation of the human fe-
selection. New York: Academic Press Ltd.; 1998.
male reproductive tract may seem puzzling, in
 Gangestad SW. Sexually antagonistic coevolution: theory,
evolutionary terms this makes perfect sense. As
evidence, and implications for patterns of human mating
already alluded to in the above, males of promis-
and fertility. In: Offspring: human fertility behavior in
cuous species are usually interested in maximizing
their paternity, while females want to optimize
 Kelly RW, Critchley HOD. Immunomodulation by human
the quality of their offspring. Evidently, these
seminal plasma: a benefit for spermatozoon and pathogen.
two interests will often not coincide, resulting in
sexual conflict [5,8]. Especially in the case of low-ered immune response in the female, the cost for
the female is high due to the increased risk of
infection . Hence, such a conflict may lead to
counter-adaptation by the female, which can then
result in an arms race between immunomodulat-
ing seminal products and hostile female reproduc-
In conclusion, catecholamines could be one of
many seminal products (such as prostaglandins
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