Researchers at the Valrose Biology Institute (iBV) and the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences describe a new way in which sex differences in physiology arise. The work, reported in Cell, shows that an adult organ possesses a complex sexual identity that gives rise to physiological characteristics that differ between the sexes. Basic and clinical research must focus more attention on these differences in future studies, they say.
Read the research paper: Gut-testis crosstalk controls sex differences in intestinal sugar handling to promote food intake and sperm maturation. Bruno Hudry, Eva de Goeij, Alessandro Mineo, Pedro Gaspar, Dafni Hadjieconomou, Chris Studd, Joao B. Mokochinski, Holger B. Kramer, Pierre-Yves Plaçais, Thomas Preat, Irene Miguel-Aliaga. Cell 10.1016/j.cell.2019.07.029.