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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338902/stage-specific-expression-of-ddx4-and-c-kit-at-different-developmental-stages-of-the-porcine-testis
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Ran Lee, Won-Young Lee, Hyun-Jung Park, Woo-Tae Ha, Jae-Seok Woo, Hak-Jae Chung, Ji-Heon Lee, Kwonho Hong, Hyuk Song
Spermatogenesis begins with spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs), which are located in the basement membrane of the adult testes. Previous studies have described specific biomarkers for undifferentiated porcine spermatogonia or SSCs; however, these markers are not sufficient to understand spermatogenesis at different developmental stages. The objective of this study was characterize the expression of DEAD-Box polypeptide 4 (DDX4, also known as VASA) and tyrosine-protein kinase kit (c-kit), as potential markers of male germ cells in the porcine testis...
December 30, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337043/membrane-permeable-rab27a-is-a-regulator-of-the-acrosome-reaction-role-of-geranylgeranylation-and-guanine-nucleotides
#2
Matías A Bustos, Ornella Lucchesi, María C Ruete, Claudia N Tomes
The acrosome reaction is the regulated exocytosis of mammalian sperm's single secretory granule, essential for fertilization. It relies on small GTPases, the cAMP binding protein Epac, and the SNARE complex, among other components. Here, we describe a novel tool to investigate Rab27-related signaling pathways: a hybrid recombinant protein consisting of human Rab27A fused to TAT, a cell penetrating peptide. With this tool, we aimed to unravel the connection between Rab3, Rab27 and Rap1 in sperm exocytosis and to deepen our understanding about how isoprenylation and guanine nucleotides influence the behaviour of Rab27 in exocytosis...
January 11, 2018: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334034/improved-exogenous-dna-uptake-in-bovine-spermatozoa-and-gene-expression-in-embryos-using-membrane-destabilizing-agents-in-icsi-smgt
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Esther Sánchez-Villalba, María Elena Arias, Fabiola Zambrano, Pía Loren, Ricardo Felmer
Sperm-mediated gene transfer (SMGT) is a simple, fast, and economical biotechnological tool for producing transgenic animals. However, transgene expression with this technique in bovine embryos is still inefficient due to low uptake and binding of exogenous DNA in spermatozoa. The present study evaluated the effects of sperm membrane destabilization on the binding capacity, location and quantity of bound exogenous DNA in cryopreserved bovine spermatozoa using Triton X-100 (TX-100), lysolecithin (LL) and sodium hydroxide (NaOH)...
January 15, 2018: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325880/cryoprotective-effect-of-glutamine-taurine-and-proline-on-post-thaw-semen-quality-and-dna-integrity-of-donkey-spermatozoa
#4
M Bottrel, D Acha, I Ortiz, M Hidalgo, J Gósalvez, J Camisão, J Dorado
This study was conducted to evaluate the effect of amino acid addition to semen on post-thaw quality of donkey spermatozoa. Eighteen ejaculates were pooled and divided into aliquots which were cryopreserved in Gent A® containing 1% ethylene glycol (Gent-EG) and supplemented with 0 (as control), 20, 40, or 60 mM of glutamine, proline, or taurine. The greatest concentration (60 mM) of glutamine and taurine resulted in greater (P < 0.001) post-thaw sperm motility. Amino acid supplementation did not improve (P > 0...
December 30, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323738/an-epididymis-specific-secretory-protein-clpsl2-critically-regulates-sperm-motility-acrosomal-integrity-and-male-fertility
#5
Xiaosheng Lu, Fei Ding, Zizhen Lian, Lei Chen, Zuowu Cao, Yiqing Guan, Ran Chen, Dongqing Cai, Yanhong Yu
The epididymis performs an important role in the maturation of spermatozoa including their acquisition of progressive motility and fertilizing ability. However, the molecular mechanisms that govern these maturational events are still poorly defined. Here we report that Clpsl2, a novel colipase homology, is exclusively expressed in the caupt epididymis and conserved in mammalian. Clpsl2 was secreted into the lumen and covered the acrosome region and principal piece of spermatozoa tail. And during epididymal transit, the binding rate between Clpsl2 protein and the spermatozoa gradually decreased...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319353/cut-off-values-for-normal-sperm-morphology-and-toxicology-for-automated-analysis-of-rat-sperm-morphology-and-morphometry
#6
G van der Horst, B Skosana, A Legendre, P Oyeyipo, S S du Plessis
We used automated sperm morphology analysis to investigate rat sperm morphometry and morphology in Sprague-Dawley and Wistar rats in three research centers to develop normal baseline values for sperm morphometry and to quantify the percentage of morphologically normal sperm in healthy rats. The participating centers were IRSN in Paris, France (Sprague-Dawley rats), University of the Western Cape, South Africa (Wistar rats) and Stellenbosch University (Wistar rats), South Africa. All three centers used identical sperm isolation techniques from the cauda epididymis, the same staining protocols, identical computer-aided sperm morphometry analysis (CASMA) software and microscopes with similar optics...
January 10, 2018: Biotechnic & Histochemistry: Official Publication of the Biological Stain Commission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315945/inhibitory-effect-of-a-reproductive-related-serpin-on-sperm-trypsin-like-activity-implicates-its-role-in-sperm-maturation-of-penaeus-monodon
#7
Charoonroj Chotwiwatthanakun, Wanida Santimanawong, Prasert Sobhon, Somjai Wongtripop, Rapeepun Vanichviriyakit
In a number of marine animals, sperm serine proteases are important for fertilization. Penaeus monodon sperm require trypsin-like activity for a complete acrosome reaction, which exclusively occurs in sperm residing in the female thelycum. In this study, a complete cDNA sequence of reproductive tract-related Serine protease inhibitor (rrPmserpin) was identified. The longest open reading frame was composed of 1,366 nucleotides encoding 402 amino acids with a predicted pI of 6.86 and molecular mass of 44.88 kDa...
January 5, 2018: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315686/effect-of-metabolic-and-antioxidant-supplementation-on-sperm-parameters-in-oligo-astheno-teratozoospermia-with-and-without-varicocele-a-double-blind-placebo-controlled-study
#8
G M Busetto, A Agarwal, A Virmani, G Antonini, G Ragonesi, F Del Giudice, S Micic, V Gentile, E De Berardinis
Since sperm require high energy levels to perform their specialised function, it is vital that essential nutrients are available for spermatozoa when they develop, capacitate and acquire motility. However, they are vulnerable to a lack of energy and excess amounts of reactive oxygen species, which can impair sperm function, lead to immotility, acrosomal reaction impairment, DNA fragmentation and cell death. This monocentric, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial investigated the effect of 6 months of supplementation with l-carnitine, acetyl-l-carnitine and other micronutrients on sperm quality in 104 subjects with oligo- and/or astheno- and/or teratozoospermia with or without varicocele...
January 7, 2018: Andrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29304248/viable-acrosome-intact-human-spermatozoa-in-the-ejaculate-as-a-marker-of-semen-quality-and-fertility-status
#9
Dorte Louise Egeberg Palme, Anders Rehfeld, Anne Kirstine Bang, Kristiana Alexandrova Nikolova, Søren Kjærulff, Morten Rønn Petersen, Janni Vikkelsø Jeppesen, Martin Glensbjerg, Anders Juul, Niels E Skakkebæk, Søren Ziebe, Niels Jørgensen, Kristian Almstrup
STUDY QUESTION: Is it possible, in an unbiased and clinical relevant way, to determine the number of viable acrosome-intact human spermatozoa in ejaculates and to use this as a measure of fertility chances? SUMMARY ANSWER: Image cytometry enables easy and unbiased quantification of viable acrosome-intact spermatozoa and it correlates with semen quality and fertility status. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: The presence of the acrosome and its ability to respond to physiological inducers (e...
January 2, 2018: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29296266/male-pronuclear-formation-and-embryo-development-following-intracytoplasmic-injection-of-ovine-pretreated-sperm
#10
Abolfazl Shirazi, Arefeh Golestanfar, Masomeh Bashiri, Ebrahim Ahmadi, Naser Shams-Esfandabadi
Background: Failure of Male Pronucleus (MPN) formation is a major concern in the success of Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) in some species. Despite the conducted unsuccessful efforts to improve ICSI efficiency in ovine, the present study was aimed to improve MPN formation and embryo development in ovine ICSI procedure through accompaniment of sperm pretreatment with co-injection of some compounds. Methods: In experiment 1, sperm were treated with either 2-mercaptoethanol (2ME), glutathione (GSH), or DTT (dithiothreitol) in combination with Heparin (Hep)...
January 2018: Avicenna Journal of Medical Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29288727/characterization-of-the-es-ddx52-involved-in-the-spermatogonial-mitosis-and-spermatid-differentiation-in-chinese-mitten-crab-eriocheir-sinensis
#11
Qing Li, Hongdan Yang, Lin He, Qun Wang
Spermatogenesis involves a series of process including exiting from the mitotic cell cycle, entry into meiosis, completion of complex differentiation programs, and producing spermatozoa. Expression of various genes in an ordered manner, and interactions between various genes and their protein products, primarily controlled at the post-transcriptional level with DEAD-box RNA helicases playing a crucial role in germ cell development, are required for production of fertile sperm. Many members of this family have been deeply studied in spermatogenesis, such as DDX3X, DDX25 and DDX4, but few data are available on DDX52...
December 27, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29287895/a-two-step-dilution-tris-egg-yolk-extender-containing-equex-stm-significantly-improves-sperm-cryopreservation-in-the-african-wild-dog-lycaon-pictus
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Femke Van den Berghe, Monique Christina Johanna Paris, Michael Brent Briggs, Wenche Kristin Farstad, Damien Boyd Bertrand Paul Paris
Conservation management of endangered African wild dogs (AWD; Lycaon pictus) can benefit greatly from development of sperm freezing and artificial insemination. Previous freezing attempts yielded nearly 0% motile sperm within 2 h of thawing. In this study, two canine freezing protocols were tested: Protocol 1: a one-step dilution in TRIS-20% egg yolk containing 8% glycerol; and Protocol 2: a two-step dilution in TRIS-20% egg yolk containing a final extender concentration of 5% glycerol and 0.5% Equex STM, coupled with a TRIS-citrate-fructose thawing solution...
December 26, 2017: Cryobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29286340/slc9a3-protein-is-critical-for-acrosomal-formation-in-postmeiotic-male-germ-cells
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Ya-Yun Wang, Han-Sun Chiang, Chiao-Yin Cheng, Yi-No Wu, Yung-Chih Lin, Hsuan-Che Liu, Wei-Kung Tsai, Yen-Lin Chen, Ying-Hung Lin
Solute carrier family 9 isoform 3 (SLC9A3), a Na⁺/H⁺ exchanger, regulates the transepithelial absorption of Na⁺ and water and is primarily expressed on the apical membranes of the intestinal epithelium, renal proximal tubule, epididymis, and vas deferens. Loss of the Slc9a3 allele in mice enhances intestinal fluid and causes diarrhoea as a consequence of diminished Na⁺ and HCO₃- absorption. Hence, the loss also causes male infertility and reveals the abnormal dilated lumen of the rete testis and calcification in efferent ductules...
December 29, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29277315/incubation-of-spermatozoa-with-anandamide-prior-to-cryopreservation-reduces-cryocapacitation-and-improves-post-thaw-sperm-quality-in-the-water-buffalo-bubalus-bubalis
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Puneeth Kumar, Tushar Kumar Mohanty, Arumugam Kumaresan, Pradeep Nag, Kaustubh Kishor Saraf, Vimlesh Kumar, Sreela Lathika, Samiksha Nayak, Mukesh Bhakat
Anandamide (AEA), an endocannabinoid, has been shown to reduce capacitation and acrosomal exocytosis in human spermatozoa. Because buffalo spermatozoa are highly susceptible to cryopreservation induced damage, AEA was assessed as to whether it could protect spermatozoa from cryo-damage. Six ejaculates from six Murrah buffalo bulls (total 36 ejaculates) were utilized for the study. Each ejaculate was divided into four aliquots; spermatozoa in Aliquot 1 were extended in Tris-Citrate-Egg Yolk and frozen as per the standard protocol...
December 21, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29259456/protein-biomarkers-for-male-artificial-insemination-subfertility-in-bovine-spermatozoa
#15
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Hiroshi Harayama, Kenta Minami, Kazumi Kishida, Taichi Noda
Background: Although artificial insemination (AI) technique is an established biotechnology for bovine reproduction, the results of AI (conception rates) have a tendency to decline gradually. To our annoyance, moreover, AI-subfertile bulls have been occasionally found in the AI centers. To resolve these serious problems, it is necessary to control the sperm quality more strictly by the examinations of sperm molecules. Methods: We reviewed a number of recent articles regarding potentials of bovine sperm proteins as the biomarkers for bull AI-subfertility and also showed our unpublished supplemental data on the bull AI-subfertility associated proteins...
April 2017: Reproductive Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29258709/partial-deoxygenation-of-extender-improves-sperm-quality-reduces-lipid-peroxidation-and-reactive-oxygen-species-during-cryopreservation-of-buffalo-bubalus-bubalis-semen
#16
B Balamurugan, S K Ghosh, S A Lone, J K Prasad, G K Das, R Katiyar, Abdul Rahman Mustapha, Ajay Kumar, M R Verma
The present study was designed to investigate the effect of partial deoxygenation of extender on sperm quality, lipid peroxidation (LPO) and reactive oxygen species (ROS) in buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) during cryopreservation of semen. Semen extender was prepared freshly and split into three sub-extenders [Extender I: control (non-deoxygenated), Extender II (partially deoxygenated by using LN2 flushing) and Extender III (partially deoxygenated mechanically by vacuum pump)]. Amounts of dissolved oxygen (DO) were determined in all the three extenders and also in post-thaw semen...
December 16, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29248843/modulation-of-voltage-gated-sodium-channels-induces-capacitation-in-bull-spermatozoa-through-phosphorylation-of-tyrosine-containing-proteins
#17
Dharmendra Singh Chauhan, Dilip Kumar Swain, Nadeem Shah, Hanuman Prasad Yadav, Abhishek Sharma, Brijesh Yadav, Sarvajeet Yadav, Rajesh Nigam, Satish Kumar Garg
In our previous study, we have reported the molecular presence of Nav 1.8 in bull spermatozoa and its potential involvement in regulation of sperm functions. With the selective blocking of Nav 1.8 using A-803467, alterations in sperm functions were observed, therefore, we envisaged of investigating the involvement of Nav in regulating sperm function and the mechanism(s) involved in it using veratridine, a selective opener of Nav channels. Forty ejaculates were collected from four Hariana bulls and semen samples were pooled in view of the non-significant variations between the different ejaculates...
November 27, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29247201/sox30-is-required-for-male-fertility-in-mice
#18
Chun-Wei Allen Feng, Cassy Spiller, Donna J Merriner, Moira K O'Bryan, Josephine Bowles, Peter Koopman
Male infertility is a major and growing problem and, in most cases, the specific root cause is unknown. Here we show that the transcription factor SOX30 plays a critical role in mouse spermatogenesis. Sox30-null mice are healthy and females are fertile, but males are sterile. In the absence of Sox30 meiosis initiates normally in both sexes but, in males, germ cell development arrests during the post-meiotic round spermatid period. In the mutant testis, acrosome and axoneme development are aberrant, multinucleated germ cells (symplasts) form and round spermatids unable to process beyond step 3 of spermiogenesis...
December 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29235206/sperm-storage-influences-the-potential-for-spontaneous-acrosome-reaction-of-the-sperm-in-the-newt-cynops-pyrrhogaster
#19
Shinnosuke Kon, Tae Sato, Daisuke Endo, Tomoe Takahashi, Akio Takaku, Yuni Nakauchi, Fubito Toyama, Victor B Meyer-Rochow, Eriko Takayama-Watanabe, Akihiko Watanabe
Sperm storage is supposed to influence sperm quality, although the details remain unclear. In the present study, we found that sperm stored in a sperm storage site, the vas deferens of Cynops pyrrhogaster, spontaneously undergo acrosome reaction following incubation in Steinberg's salt solution (ST). Percentages of acrosome-reacted sperm increased time-dependently to about 60% in 24 hr. The concentration of cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) was elevated after incubating sperm in ST, while dibutylyl cAMP induced an acrosome reaction...
November 20, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29235179/snp-g-1007a-g-within-the-porcine-dnal4-gene-affects-sperm-motility-traits-and-percentage-of-midpiece-abnormalities
#20
I Wiedemann, A Maehlmeyer, S Jansen, A R Sharifi, C Knorr
The flagellar beating of a spermatozoa's axoneme is caused by the varying activation and inactivation of dynein molecules. Dynein, axonemal, light chain 4 (DNAL4) is a functional candidate gene for sperm motility as it encodes a small subunit of the dyneins. We resequenced the porcine DNAL4 using three artificial insemination (AI) boars each with high (>68%) or low (<60%) motility, and detected 23 SNP. These were then genotyped for 82 AI boars. Using spermatological records, significantly negative genetic correlations between ejaculate volume (VOL) and the further spermatological parameters concentration (CONC) (r = -...
December 12, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
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