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Camila de O Assugeni, Tatiana Magalhães, Juan A Bolaños, Christopher C Tudge, Fernando L Mantelatto, Fernando J Zara
Recent studies based on morphological and molecular data provide a new perspective concerning taxonomic aspects of the brachyuran family Mithracidae. These studies proposed a series of nominal changes and indicated that the family is actually represented by a different number and representatives of genera than previously thought. Here, we provide a comparative description of the ultrastructure of spermatozoa and spermatophores of some species of Mithracidae in a phylogenetic context. The ultrastructure of the spermatozoa and spermatophore was observed by scanning and transmission electron microscopy...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Morphology
Hagen Körschgen, Michael Kuske, Konstantin Karmilin, Irene Yiallouros, Melanie Balbach, Julia Floehr, Dagmar Wachten, Willi Jahnen-Dechent, Walter Stöcker
STUDY QUESTION: How and where is pro-ovastacin activated and how does active ovastacin regulate zona pellucida hardening (ZPH) and successful fertilization? STUDY FINDING: Ovastacin is partially active before exocytosis and pre-hardens the zona pellucida (ZP) before fertilization. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: The metalloproteinase ovastacin is stored in cortical granules, it cleaves zona pellucida protein 2 (ZP2) upon fertilization and thereby destroys the ZP sperm ligand and triggers ZPH...
September 1, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
Beatriz C Borges, David Garcia-Galiano, Sanseray da Silveira Cruz-Machado, Xingfa Han, Galina B Gavrilina, Thomas L Saunders, Richard J Auchus, Saher S Hammoud, Gary D Smith, Carol F Elias
Approximately 15% of human couples of reproductive age have impaired fertility, and the male component accounts for about half of these cases. The etiology is usually unknown, but high correlation with the increase in obesity rates is documented. In this study, we show that diet-induced and genetically obese mice display copulatory behavior comparable to controls, but the number of females impregnated by obese males is remarkably low. Screening for changes in gene expression in the male reproductive tract showed decreased Crisp4 expression in testis and epididymis of obese mice...
September 1, 2017: Endocrinology
Na Li, Peng Xu, Wei-Xin Jing, Jiang-Shiou Hwang, Lan Wang
Lead (Pb) is a heavy metal that can damage animal sperm. To study the effects of Pb on calcium homeostasis and calcium channel in the sperm of freshwater crab Sinopotamon henanense, the induction of acrosome reaction (AR) and acrosin activity were investigated when crabs were exposed to different Pb concentrations (0, 3.675, 7.35, 14.7, 29.4 and 58.8mg/L) for 3, 5 and 7 d separately. Fluorescent probe Fluo-3/AM was loaded into the sperm, and [Ca(2+)] in the sperm was measured by fluorescence microscopy and using microplate reader...
September 4, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
Wiesław Bielas, Wojciech Niżański, Agnieszka Partyka, Anna Rząsa, Ryszard Mordak
BACKGROUND: There is some controversy about the extent of changes in different sperm cell features in stored boar semen, especially regarding the potential role of the DNA fragmentation assay for assessment of sperm fertilizing ability. The aim of this study was to assess the effect of time of storage and the dynamic changes in sperm cell characteristics in normospermic boar semen stored in long-term extender, in order to determine the susceptibility to damage of particular structures of spermatozoa during cooling and storage at 17 °C for 240 h post collection...
September 11, 2017: Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica
Mayel Chirinos, Marta Durand, María Elena González-González, Gabriela Hernández-Silva, Israel Maldonado-Rosas, Pablo Lopez, Fernando Larrea
Levonorgestrel (LNG), a synthetic 19 nor-testosterone derivative, is widely used for emergency contraception. It is well known that LNG prevents ovulation only when given prior to the surge of serum luteinizing hormone (LH) during the periovulatory phase of the menstrual cycle. This observation suggests that LNG, given its contraceptive efficacy, has additional effects other than those affecting ovulation. In this study, we have evaluated the effects on human sperm functionality of uterine flushings (UF) obtained from women at day LH+1 of a control cycle (CTR-LH+1) and after receiving LNG (LNG-LH+1) two days before the surge of LH...
September 8, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
Suman Choudhary, A Kumaresan, Manish Kumar, Shivani Chhillar, Hrudananda Malik, Sudarshan Kumar, Jai K Kaushik, Tirtha K Datta, Ashok K Mohanty
BACKGROUND: An oviduct- specific glycoprotein, OVGP1, is synthesized and secreted by non-ciliated epithelial cells of the mammalian oviduct which provides an essential milieu for reproductive functions. The present study reports the effects of recombinant buffalo OVGP1 that lacks post-translational modifications, and native Buffalo OVGP1 isolated from oviductal tissue, on frozen- thawed sperm functions and in vitro embryo development. RESULTS: The proportion of viable sperms was greater (P < 0...
2017: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology
Anders Rehfeld, Dorte Egeberg, Kristian Almstrup, Jørgen Holm Petersen, Steen Dissing, Niels Erik Skakkebæk
Human sperm cell function must be precisely regulated to achieve natural fertilization. Progesterone released by the cumulus cells surrounding the egg induces a Ca2+-influx into human sperm cells via the CatSper Ca2+-channel and thereby controls sperm function. Multiple chemical UV filters have been shown to induce a Ca2+-influx through CatSper, thus mimicking the effect of progesterone on Ca2+-signaling. We hypothesized that these UV filters could also mimic the effect of progesterone on sperm function. We examined 29 UV filters allowed in sunscreens in the US and/or EU for their ability to affect acrosome reaction, penetration, hyperactivation, and viability in human sperm cells...
September 5, 2017: Endocrine Connections
K Wasilewska, L Fraser
This study investigated individual boar variability in the quality of pre-freeze (PF) and post-thaw (PT) semen cooled in different long-term (LT) extenders and for different holding times (HT). Sperm rich fractions were diluted with Androhep(®) Plus (AHP), Androstar(®) Plus (ASP), Safecell(®) Plus (SCP) and TRIXcell(®) Plus (TCP) extenders, stored for 2h at 17°C (HT 1) and additionally for 24h at 10°C (HT 2) and the samples were subsequently evaluated and frozen. Besides the analysis of CASA sperm variables, mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP), plasma membrane integrity (PMI), normal apical ridge (NAR) acrosome integrity, and viability (YO-PRO-1(-)/PI(-)) of sperm were assessed in the PF and PT semen...
October 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
F Korkmaz, E Malama, M Siuda, C Leiding, H Bollwein
The aim of this study was to examine effects of sodium pyruvate on viability as well as on synthesis of reactive oxygen species (ROS), lipid peroxidation and DNA integrity of cryopreserved bovine sperm. In each of 23 Simmental AI bulls three ejaculates were collected. In a split sample design ejaculates were diluted by using Triladyl(®) extender without and with the addition of 5mM sodium pyruvate. Both aliquots were equilibrated for 24h before freezing. Frozen sperm samples were thawed, and examined immediately after thawing (0h) as well as after 3, 6, 12, and 24h incubation at 37°C...
October 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
Ayako Isotani, Takafumi Matsumura, Masaki Ogawa, Takahiro Tanaka, Kazuo Yamagata, Masahito Ikawa, Masaru Okabe
Acrosin, the trypsin-like serine protease in the sperm acrosome, was long viewed as a key enzyme required for zona pellucida penetration to fertilize eggs. However, gene disruption experiments in mice surprisingly showed that acrosin-disrupted males were fertile. Thus, the acrosin was considered to be not an essential enzyme for fertilization in mice. However, the involvement of acrosin in fertilization has been suggested in various species such as rat, bull, and pig. Moreover, it has been reported that serine protease (including acrosin) activity in mice is significantly weaker compared to other species, including rats...
July 1, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
Beatriz Fernandez-Fuertes, Ricardo Laguna-Barraza, Raul Fernandez-Gonzalez, Alfonso Gutierrez-Adan, Alfonso Blanco-Fernandez, Alan M O'Doherty, Mauro Di Fenza, Alan K Kelly, Sabine Kölle, Patrick Lonergan
In a recent genome-wide association study, 40 Fleckvieh bulls with exceptionally poor fertility were found to be homozygous for a nonsense mutation in the transmembrane protein 95 (TMEM95) encoding gene. Ejaculates from these individuals exhibited normal sperm concentration, morphology, viability, and motility. However, only 1.7% of inseminations resulted in pregnancies. The aim of this study was to examine the effect of this mutation in TMEM95 on bovine sperm function in vitro. Sperm from homozygous (mt/mt) males had lower in vitro fertility than sperm from wild-type (wt/wt) or heterozygous (wt/mt) bulls (P < 0...
July 1, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
L Somashekar, S Selvaraju, S Parthipan, S K Patil, B K Binsila, M M Venkataswamy, S Karthik Bhat, J P Ravindra
This study aimed to identify sperm proteomic signatures regulating sperm functions and fertility by: (i) comparing the sperm electrophoretic protein profiles and identifying the differentially abundant proteins among breeding bulls differing in fertility status and (ii) elucidating the possible role of one of the identified novel proteins, PEBP4 on sperm function and fertility. The grouping of bulls as fertile (n = 6) and low fertile (n = 6) was performed based on bull fertility index and infertile (n = 6) based on semen rejection rate (>33%)...
August 31, 2017: Andrology
Amena Khatun, Md Saidur Rahman, Do-Yeal Ryu, Woo-Sung Kwon, Myung-Geol Pang
Aminopeptidase N (APN) is a naturally occurring ectopeptidase present in mammalian semen. Previous studies have demonstrated that APN adversely affects male fertility through the alteration of sperm motility. This enzyme constitutes 0.5 to 1% of the seminal plasma proteins, which can be transferred from the prostasomes to sperms by a fusion process. In the present study, we investigated the molecular mechanism of action of APN and its role in regulating sperm functions and male fertility. In this in vitro study, epididymal mouse spermatozoa were incubated in a capacitating media (pH 7) containing 20 ng/mL of recombinant mouse APN for 90 min...
2017: PloS One
H A Guidobaldi, M Cubilla, A Moreno, M V Molino, L Bahamondes, L C Giojalas
STUDY QUESTION: Are human spermatozoa able of chemorepulsive behaviour? SUMMARY ANSWER: Capacitated human spermatozoa are able to be chemorepelled by synthetic Progesterone Receptor Ligands (sPRL, known as contraceptives) and zinc (a cation released by the oocyte upon fertilization). WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Moving cells can be oriented towards or against a molecular gradient, processes called chemoattraction and chemorepulsion, respectively, which have been described in unicellular organisms such as amoebas and bacteria, to organismic cells such macrophages and developmental cells...
August 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
Yonggang Lu, Minjie Lin, Robert John Aitken
In this study, we have investigated the impact of dibutyl phthalate (DBP) on early embryogenesis in a sessile marine invertebrate, Galeolaria caespitosa. DBP was found to induce sperm dysfunction as well as impaired and defective embryogenesis characterised by a particular pattern of abnormality. Thus, after the first cleavage, one blastomere in these abnormal embryos was able to carry out further mitoses, while the other arrested. Analysis of microtubules, chromosomes and actin filaments demonstrated that the mitotic spindles in the abnormal embryos were irregularly bent, shortened and unable to anchor to the cortex, resulting in the defective segregation of chromosomes...
August 19, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
Andrea Carolina Aguilera, Veronica Boschin, Inmaculada Robina, Pilar Elías-Rodríguez, Miguel Angel Sosa
The mammalian epididymis provides an appropriate environment for sperm maturation. During the epididymal transit, spermatozoa undergo biochemical and morphological changes that lead to the acquisition of the fertilizing capacity. In this study we analysed the fucosylation status of membrane glycoproteins in the spermatozoa obtained from different regions of the bull epididymis. High amounts of fucose were detected on caput spermatozoa (R.F.I. = 1010 ± 20.35), mostly located in the post-acrosome zone. A significant decrease in the fucose levels was detected toward the cauda (R...
August 19, 2017: Theriogenology
José Luis Ros-Santaella, Eliana Pintus
Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) is a native shrub from South African fynbos and has become very popular in the last decades for its antioxidant and medicinal attributes. Several studies have shown its beneficial properties in numerous cell lines, but to date, the in vitro effects of rooibos extract on sperm cells are still unknown. In this study, boar semen was supplemented with four concentrations both of fermented and unfermented rooibos extracts during 96 h of liquid storage at 17°C. The effects of rooibos extracts on sperm velocity, membrane integrity, and acrosomal status were evaluated at 2 h, 48 h, and 96 h of semen storage...
2017: PloS One
Chong Zhou, Li Huang, De-Shun Shi, Jian-Rong Jiang
The sperm protein IZUMO1 plays a central role in gamete fusion. In mouse sperm, IZUMO1 is enriched at the acrosomal cap before the acrosome reaction, and at the equatorial segment following this reaction; its relocation is dependent on filamentous actin. How actin polymerization affects IZUMO1 relocation during gamete interaction remains unknown. The present study addressed these processes using latrunculin A (LatA), an inhibitor of actin polymerization. We report that 25 µM LatA blocked actin polymerization in the capacitated sperm head, resulting in a marked decrease in sperm with relocated IZUMO1 during the A23187-induced acrosome reaction and cumulus layer penetration...
August 18, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
Yi-Le Zhang, Zhao-Feng Han
The recognition and association between the Ca(2+)/calmodulin-activated protein kinase II-α (CaMKIIα) and the multi-PDZ domain protein 1 (MUPP1) plays an important role in the sperm acrosome reaction and human fertilization. Previously, we have demonstrated that the MUPP1 PDZ11 domain is the primary binding partner of the CaMKIIα C-terminal tail, which can be targeted by a rationally designed sia peptide with nanomolar affinity. Here, we further introduced an orthogonal noncovalent interaction (ONI) system between a native hydrogen bond and a designed halogen bond across the complex interface of the PDZ11 domain with the sia [Asn-1Phe] peptide mutant, where the halogen bond was formed by substituting the o-hydrogen atom of the benzene ring of the peptide Phe-1 residue with a halogen atom (F, Cl, Br or I)...
August 23, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
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