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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639134/kifc1-and-myosin-va-two-motors-for-acrosomal-biogenesis-and-nuclear-shaping-during-spermiogenesis-of-portunus-trituberculatus
#1
Dan-Dan Ma, Meng-Ying Pan, Cong-Cong Hou, Fu-Qing Tan, Wan-Xi Yang
To investigate the molecular mechanisms underlying the spermiogenesis of the swimming crab Portunus trituberculatus, full lengths of motor proteins KIFC1 and myosin Va were cloned by rapid-amplification of cDNA ends from P. trituberculatus testes cDNA, and their respective probes and specific antibodies were used to track their localization during sperm maturation. Antisense probes were designed from the gene sequences and used to detect the mRNA levels of each gene. According to the results of fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH), the transcription of kifc1 and myosin Va began at the mid-stage of spermatids, with the kifc1 mRNA being most active at the location where the acrosome cap was formed and the myosin Va was more concentrated in the acrosome complex...
June 21, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606324/serological-lessons-from-the-bovine-lungworm-dictyocaulus-viviparus-antibody-titre-development-is-independent-of-the-infection-dose-and-reinfection-shortens-seropositivity
#2
Christina Strube, Andrea Springer, Anne-Marie Schunn, Andrew B Forbes
Infections with the bovine lungworm Dictyocaulus viviparus, the causative agent of parasitic bronchitis, are accompanied by substantial economic losses due to impacts on production, clinical respiratory disease or even death of diseased cattle. To detect lungworm antibodies in cattle, an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) based on recombinant major sperm protein (MSP) has been developed. However, it remained unknown whether the infection dose influences antibody levels, and how acquired immunity influences antibody level patterns during reinfections...
August 15, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600885/immunolocalization-of-tar-dna-binding-protein-of-43%C3%A2-kda-tdp-43-in-mouse-seminiferous-epithelium
#3
Hari Prasad Osuru, Patcharin Pramoonjago, Mayuresh Abhyankar, Eric Swanson, LaToya Ann Roker, Helen Cathro, Prabhakara P Reddi
TDP-43 (TAR DNA-binding protein of 43 kDa) is an evolutionarily conserved, ubiquitously expressed, multi-functional DNA/RNA-binding protein with roles in gene transcription, mRNA splicing, stability, transport, micro RNA biogenesis, and suppression of transposons. Aberrant expression of TDP-43 in testis and sperm was recently shown to be associated with male infertility, which highlights the need to understand better the expression of TDP-43 in the testis. We previously cloned TDP-43 from a mouse testis cDNA library, and showed that it functions as a transcriptional repressor, and regulates the precise spatiotemporal expression of the Acrv1 gene, which encodes the acrosomal protein SP-10, during spermatogenesis...
June 10, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600648/secretory-expression-of-a-novel-human-spermatozoa-antigen-in-e-coli-and-its-application-to-a-protein-chip
#4
Ming-Zhu Wang, Zhuo-Lin Qiu, Xiang-Sheng Cai, Jing-Jing Li, Miao-Qin She, Yuan-Feng Xu, Ying-Song Wu
OBJECTIVE: To produce a recombinant spermatozoa antigen peptide using the E. coli: PhoA system on a protein chip for screening anti-sperm antibodies (ASA). RESULTS: The purity of the recombinant spermatozoa antigen exceeded 95% after two-step purification, as assessed using SDS-PAGE and HPLC. The diagnostic performance of a protein chip coated with the recombinant antigen peptide was evaluated by examining ASA in 51 infertile patients in comparison with a commercial ELISA kit...
June 9, 2017: Biotechnology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586125/sperm-motility-initiating-substance-may-be-insufficient-to-induce-forward-motility-of-cynops-ensicauda-sperm
#5
Tae Sato, Misato Yokoe, Daisuke Endo, Masaya Morita, Fubito Toyama, Yuuki Kawamura, Yuni Nakauchi, Eriko Takayama-Watanabe, Akihiko Watanabe
Sperm motility-initiating substance (SMIS) is a key protein for internal fertilization of the newt, Cynops pyrrhogaster, and commonly enhances forward sperm motility in some amphibian species, including external fertilizers. SMIS action varies among different species in correlation with a species-specific reproductive environment. In the present study, we identified the gene of C. ensicauda SMIS (CeSMIS) and examined the mechanism of SMIS action with reference to that of the closely related Cynops species. The CeSMIS was identified by a 176-amino acid sequence including 7 amino acids critical for the initiation of sperm motility...
June 6, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536242/mutation-in-tdrd9-causes-non-obstructive-azoospermia-in-infertile-men
#6
Maram Arafat, Iris Har-Vardi, Avi Harlev, Eliahu Levitas, Atif Zeadna, Maram Abofoul-Azab, Victor Dyomin, Val C Sheffield, Eitan Lunenfeld, Mahmoud Huleihel, Ruti Parvari
BACKGROUND: Azoospermia is diagnosed when sperm cells are completely absent in the ejaculate even after centrifugation. It is identified in approximately 1% of all men and in 10%-20% of infertile males. Non-obstructive azoospermia (NOA) is characterised by the absence of sperm due to either a Sertoli cell-only pattern, maturation arrest, hypospermatogenesis or mixed patterns. NOA is a severe form of male infertility, with limited treatment options and low fertility success rates. In the majority of patients, the cause for NOA is not known and mutations in only a few genes were shown to be causative...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488229/chronic-prostatitis-and-its-detrimental-impact-on-sperm-parameters-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#7
R A Condorelli, G Ivan Russo, A E Calogero, G Morgia, S La Vignera
PURPOSE: Prostatitis is a very common urogenital disease of the male with prevalence ranging from 2.2 to 9.7% worldwide. Interestingly, some recent evidences have showed a significant association between chronic prostatitis (CP) and male infertility including a detrimental effect on sperm parameters, reduction of zinc concentration on semen sperm and production of anti-semen antibodies (ASAs). The aim of the current meta-analysis was to evaluate the association between CP and alteration of semen parameters...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478955/spatial-distribution-of-cannabinoid-receptor-1-and-fatty-acid-amide-hydrolase-in-the-cat-ovary-and-oviduct
#8
Andrea Pirone, Carla Lenzi, Angela Briganti, Francesco Abbate, Maria Levanti, Francesca Abramo, Vincenzo Miragliotta
Involvement of the endocannabinoid system in female reproduction has been extensively described in humans with the cognate receptors and ligands being found in the ovaries and genital tract. In human, an imbalance of the endocannabinoid system is linked with both ectopic pregnancy and infertility. In bovine species anandamide levels regulate aspects of sperm-oviduct interaction. Here we report the immunohistochemical distribution of cannabinoid receptor 1 (CB1R) and fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) in cat ovary and oviduct, using paraffin-embedded tissue samples and commercially available antibodies...
May 4, 2017: Acta Histochemica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472863/sexually-selected-size-differences-and-conserved-sexual-monomorphism-of-genital-cortex
#9
Simon M Lauer, Constanze Lenschow, Michael Brecht
The mammalian somatosensory cortex shows marked species-specific differences. How evolution in general and sexual selection in particular shape the somatosensory cortical body representation has not been delineated, however. Here we address this issue by a comparative analysis of genital cortex. Genitals are unique body parts in that they show sexual dimorphism, major changes in puberty and typically more pronounced species differences than other body parts (Hosken & Stockley, 2004). To study the evolution of genital cortex we flattened cortical hemispheres and assembled 104 complete body maps, revealed by cytochrome-oxidase activity in layer 4 of 8 rodent and 1 lagomorph species...
May 4, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442049/prion-protein-2-dublet-gene-prnd-role-in-ovine-semen-capacitation-cryopreservation-and-fertility
#10
L M Ferreira, M Garcia-Herreros, A Domingos, C C Marques, P Mesquita, J P Barbas, M C Baptista, J Pimenta, A E M Horta, J A M Prates, R M L N Pereira
The aim of the present study was to examine the role of Doppel protein in the capacitation process and fertilising ability of both fresh and frozen-thawed (FT) spermatozoa from rams carrying different prion protein 2 (dublet) (PRND) gene polymorphisms. The detection efficacy of new anti-Doppel monoclonal antibodies and PRND mRNA quantification were also explored in ovine spermatozoa. Three different genotypes (AA, GA, GG) were identified for codon 26 of ovine PRND-c.78G>A. Using flow cytometry, a higher fluorescence was detected in fresh compared with FT sperm samples incubated with anti-Doppel primary and fluorescein isothiocyanate-conjugated secondary antibodies (P<0...
April 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412762/sleep-deprivation-and-late-bedtime-impair-sperm-health-through-increasing-antisperm-antibody-production-a-prospective-study-of-981-healthy-men
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Mei-Mei Liu, Li Liu, Liang Chen, Xiao-Jing Yin, Hui Liu, Yan-Hua Zhang, Pei-Ling Li, Shan Wang, Xiao-Xiao Li, Cai-Hong Yu
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of sleep duration and bedtime on sperm health, and the possible mechanism involved. MATERIAL AND METHODS We randomly divided 981 healthy Chinese men into groups according to research-set bedtimes (A=8-10 PM, B=after 10 PM, and C=after midnight) and sleep durations: group 1=<6.0 h (short), group 2=7.0-8.0 h (average), and group 3=>9.0 h (long). Sperm morphology, count, survival, and motility were examined according to sleep patterns. Antisperm antibody (ASA) production in semen was determined...
April 16, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390472/pannexin-channels-increase-propidium-iodide-permeability-in-frozen-thawed-dog-spermatozoa
#12
J L Torres, J Palomino, R D Moreno, M De Los Reyes
Pannexins (Panx) are proteins that form functional single membrane channels, but they have not yet been described in dogs. The aim of the present study was to detect Panx1, Panx2 and Panx3 in frozen-thawed dog spermatozoa using flow cytometry and immunofluorescence analyses, evaluating the relationship of these proteins with propidium iodide (PI) in frozen-thawed spermatozoa. Fresh and frozen-thawed dog spermatozoa from eight dogs were preincubated with 3μM PI with or without 15μM carbenoxolone (CBX) or 1mM probenecid (PBD), two Panx channel inhibitors, and then incubated with rabbit anti-Panx1, anti-Panx2 and anti-Panx3 antibodies (1:200)...
April 10, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390179/gene-editing-as-applied-to-prevention-of-reproductive-porcine-reproductive-and-respiratory-syndrome
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REVIEW
Kristin M Whitworth, Randall S Prather
Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) causes severe reproductive failure in sows, as well as transplacental transfer of PRRS virus (PRRSV) to late-gestation fetuses, resulting in abortions, early farrowing, increased number of stillborn piglets, and weak neonatal piglets. PRRSV-infected boars present with anorexia and lethargy, and have decreased sperm quality. The gene for the cellular receptor that the PRRSV uses, Cluster of differentiation 163 (CD163), was edited using Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/Cas9 gene-editing technology to create biallelic DNA edits to the CD163 gene in 100% of the offspring...
April 8, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388234/variable-heavy-chain-domain-derived-from-a-cell-penetrating-anti-dna-monoclonal-antibody-for-the-intracellular-delivery-of-biomolecules
#14
Sun-Woo Im, Pavithra Pravinsagar, Sae-Ran Im, Young-Ju Jang
Targeting and modification of important intracellular proteins using efficient vehicles are invaluable in diagnostic and therapeutic fields. Cell-penetrating antibodies and their fragments can be utilized as vehicles for the delivery of modifiers into cells. In this study, we explored the applicability of variable heavy chain (VH) domain as delivery vehicles for mammalian cells. The characteristics of the recombinant VH domain produced from a cell-penetrating monoclonal anti-double stranded DNA antibody 2C10 were analyzed using flow cytometry, confocal microscopy, cell proliferation assay, and cell cycle analysis in various mammalian cell lines...
July 2017: Immunological Investigations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385674/human-derived-fusogenic-peptides-for-the-intracellular-delivery-of-proteins
#15
Kei Sudo, Keisuke Niikura, Kouta Iwaki, Shunshi Kohyama, Kei Fujiwara, Nobuhide Doi
The cytosolic delivery of therapeutic proteins (e.g., antibodies or enzymes) by cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs), such as a human immunodeficiency virus-derived TAT peptide, is facilitated by fusogenic peptides (FPs). For instance, we recently demonstrated that an FP, B18, which is derived from a sea urchin gamete fusion protein, promotes endosomal escape of an enhanced green fluorescent protein (eGFP)-TAT fusion protein directly conjugated to it. However, the potential clinical use of FPs raises concerns because all conventional FPs are non-human-derived...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370610/size-dependent-isolation-of-primordial-germ-cells-from-avian-species
#16
Kyung M Jung, Young M Kim, Tamao Ono, Jae Y Han
Primordial germ cells (PGCs), the precursors of sperm or ova, could be used to generate transgenic animals and interspecies germ-line chimeras, which would facilitate the recovery of endangered species by making their access and manipulation in vitro easier. During early embryogenesis in avian species, PGCs are transported via the bloodstream to the gonadal anlagen. PGCs of most avian species-particularly wild or endangered birds-are not readily isolated from the embryonic bloodstream because germ-cell markers have not yet been defined for them...
March 30, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28349404/analysis-of-chromatin-dynamics-during-drosophila-spermatogenesis
#17
Tim Hundertmark, Ina Theofel, Zeynep Eren-Ghiani, David Miller, Christina Rathke
In the course of spermatogenesis, germ cells undergo dramatic morphological changes that affect almost all cellular components. Therefore, it is impossible to study the process of spermatogenesis in its entirety without detailed morphological analyses. Here, we describe a method to visualize chromatin dynamics in differentiating Drosophila male germ cells using immunofluorescence staining. In addition, we demonstrate how to treat Drosophila sperm before immunofluorescence staining to help reveal epitopes in the highly condensed sperm chromatin that otherwise may be inaccessible to antibodies...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270212/an-open-label-clinical-trial-to-investigate-the-efficacy-and-safety-of-corifollitropin-alfa-combined-with-hcg-in-adult-men-with-hypogonadotropic-hypogonadism
#18
Eberhard Nieschlag, Pierre-Marc G Bouloux, Barbara J Stegmann, R Ravi Shankar, Yanfen Guan, Anjela Tzontcheva, Christine McCrary Sisk, Hermann M Behre
BACKGROUND: Hypogonadotropic hypogonadism (HH) in men results in insufficient testicular function and deficiencies in testosterone and spermatogenesis. Combinations of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) and recombinant follicle-stimulating hormone (recFSH) have been successful in the treatment of HH. Corifollitropin alfa is a long-acting FSH-analog with demonstrated action in women seeking infertility care. The aim of this study was to investigate the efficacy and safety of corifollitropin alfa combined with hCG to increase testicular volume and induce spermatogenesis in men with HH...
March 7, 2017: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28244620/testis-specific-isoform-of-angiotensin-converting-enzyme-tace-is-involved-in-the-regulation-of-bovine-sperm-capacitation
#19
Mina Ojaghi, John Kastelic, Jacob Thundathil
We hypothesized that the testis-specific isoform of angiotensin-converting enzyme (tACE) is released during bovine sperm capacitation, and its peptidase activity is required for capacitation. Specific objectives of this study were to (i) develop an anti-tACE antibody; (ii) characterize expression of tACE in bovine testes and sperm; and (iii) determine the role of tACE in capacitation. A 110-kDa protein, consistent with the mass of tACE, was detected in sperm extract by our anti-tACE immunoserum. This immunotarget localized at the acrosomal region and principal piece, but was only expressed in testis of mature bulls...
May 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218625/egress-of-sperm-autoantigen-from-seminiferous-tubules-maintains-systemic-tolerance
#20
Kenneth S K Tung, Jessica Harakal, Hui Qiao, Claudia Rival, Jonathan C H Li, Alberta G A Paul, Karen Wheeler, Patcharin Pramoonjago, Constance M Grafer, Wei Sun, Robert D Sampson, Elissa W P Wong, Prabhakara P Reddi, Umesh S Deshmukh, Daniel M Hardy, Huanghui Tang, C Yan Cheng, Erwin Goldberg
Autoimmune responses to meiotic germ cell antigens (MGCA) that are expressed on sperm and testis occur in human infertility and after vasectomy. Many MGCA are also expressed as cancer/testis antigens (CTA) in human cancers, but the tolerance status of MGCA has not been investigated. MGCA are considered to be uniformly immunogenic and nontolerogenic, and the prevailing view posits that MGCA are sequestered behind the Sertoli cell barrier in seminiferous tubules. Here, we have shown that only some murine MGCA are sequestered...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
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