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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28971894/clusterin-in-the-mouse-epididymis-possible-roles-in-sperm-maturation-and-capacitation
#1
Arpornrad Saewu, Suraj Kadunganattil, Riya Raghupathy, Kessiri Kongmanas, Pamela Diaz Astudillo, Louis Hermo, Nongnuj Tanphaichitr
Clusterin (CLU) is known as an extracellular chaperone for proteins under stress, thus preventing them from aggregation and precipitation. We showed herein that CLU, expressed by principal cells of the mouse caput epididymis, was present in high amounts in the lumen. In the cauda epididymis, CLU bound tightly to the sperm head surface and its amount on total sperm was similar to that in the bathing luminal fluid. In both immotile and motile caudal epididymal sperm, CLU was localized over the entire sperm head except at the convex ridge, although in the motile sperm population the CLU immunofluorescence pattern was distinctively mottled with a lower intensity...
October 2, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28962037/assessment-of-sperm-nuclear-quality-after-in-vitro-maturation-of-fresh-or-frozen-thawed-mouse-pre-pubertal-testes
#2
A Oblette, N Rives, L Dumont, A Rives, F Verhaeghe, F Jumeau, C Rondanino
STUDY QUESTION: Is nuclear quality of in vitro generated spermatozoa from fresh or frozen/thawed pre-pubertal mouse testes similar to that of their in vivo counterparts? SUMMARY ANSWER: The production of spermatozoa with aneuploidy, DNA fragmentation or chromatin condensation defects was not significantly increased in organotypic cultures compared to in vivo controls. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Although murine spermatozoa have been produced in vitro from pre-pubertal testes, their nuclear DNA integrity has never been investigated...
August 23, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28942506/production-of-tiger-puffer-takifugu-rubripes-offspring-from-triploid-grass-puffer-takifugu-niphobles-parents
#3
Masaomi Hamasaki, Yutaka Takeuchi, Ryosuke Yazawa, Souta Yoshikawa, Kazushi Kadomura, Toshiyuki Yamada, Kadoo Miyaki, Kiyoshi Kikuchi, Goro Yoshizaki
The tiger puffer Takifugu rubripes is one of the most popular aquacultural fish; however, there are two major obstacles to selective breeding. First, they have a long generation time of 2 or 3 years until maturation. Second, the parental tiger puffer has a body size (2-5 kg) much larger than average market size (0.6-1.0 kg). The grass puffer Takifugu niphobles is closely related to the tiger puffer and matures in half the time. Furthermore, grass puffer can be reared in small areas since their maturation weight is about 1/150 that of mature tiger puffer...
September 23, 2017: Marine Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903832/validation-of-modifications-to-the-ansr-for-listeria-method-for-improved-internal-positive-control-performance
#4
Susan Alles, Evan Meister, Edan Hosking, Eric Tovar, Rebecca Shaulis, Mark Schonfeld, Lei Zhang, Lin Li, Preetha Biswas, Mark Mozola, Robert Donofrio
A study was conducted to validate a minor reagent formulation change to the ANSR for Listeria method, Performance Tested Method(SM) 101202. This change involves increasing the master mix volume prelyophilization by 40% and addition of salmon sperm DNA (nontarget DNA) to the master mix. These changes improve the robustness of the internal positive control response and reduce the possibility of obtaining invalid results due to weak-positive control curves. When three foods (hot dogs, Mexican-style cheese, and cantaloupe) and sponge samples taken from a stainless steel surface were tested, no significant differences in performance between the ANSR and U...
September 14, 2017: Journal of AOAC International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878960/eversion-and-withdrawal-of-an-intromittent-organ-before-sexual-maturation-prepares-male-beetles-for-copulation
#5
Yoko Matsumura, Takuya Kubo
Some species of criocerine beetles have a hyper-elongated part of the intromittent organ called a flagellum. In resting position, the flagellum is stored in a specialized internal sac in the intromittent organ. This specialized state of the flagellum and internal sac is indispensable during copulation for flagellar insertion into the female spermathecal duct for sperm transfer. However, the morphogenesis of the flagellum does not generate the active state of the flagellum; rather, the flagellum is generated in an inactive and completely coiled state...
August 2017: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28843076/epididymal-%C3%AE-l-fucosidase-and-its-possible-role-in-remodelling-the-surface-of-bull-spermatozoa
#6
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806153/expression-purification-and-refolding-of-human-lipocalin-6-and-production-of-a-monoclonal-antibody-against-this-protein
#7
Jiong Chen, Wei Feng, Yue Zhao, Yaqin Li, Fei Zhan
Human lipocalin 6 (hLCN6) is a member of the lipocalin family, which is a group of structurally conserved hydrophobic ligand binding proteins, and widely distributed in animal, plant, and bacteria. Specific expression of hLCN6 in the epididymis and localization of this protein on the surface of spermatozoa suggest a role played by hLCN6, which may function as a transporter to carry ligands in the epididymal channel. However, the role of hLCN6 in sperm maturation has been largely unknown due to the lack of effective antibodies...
August 2017: Monoclonal Antibodies in Immunodiagnosis and Immunotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805603/modern-human-sperm-freezing-effect-on-dna-chromatin-and-acrosome-integrity
#8
Tahereh Rahiminia, Akram Hosseini, Morteza Anvari, Saeed Ghasemi-Esmailabad, Ali Reza Talebi
OBJECTIVE: Presence of vitrification method in sperm freezing and the introduction of solid surface vitrification beside rapid freezing in vapour, opens an easy and safe way to help infertility centres. While the effects of cryopreservation on motility, morphology and viability of sperm are documented, the question of the probable alteration of sperm DNA, chromatin and acrosome integrity after freezing and thawing procedures in different methods is still controversial. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Normal sample were collected according to WHO strict criteria...
August 2017: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803845/improvement-of-post-thaw-sperm-survivals-using-liquid-nitrogen-vapor-in-a-spermcasting-oyster-ostrea-angasi
#9
Md Mahbubul Hassan, Xiaoxu Li, Jian G Qin
Low survival of cryopreserved sperm impedes the application of cryopreservation technique in spermcasting oyster species. This study developed a simple method of liquid nitrogen vapor freezing to improve post-thaw sperm survival in the spermcasting oyster Ostrea angasi. The results indicate that the permeable cryoprotectants, dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), ethylene glycol (EG) and propylene glycol (PG) were non-toxic to sperm up to 20% concentration and 90 min exposure whereas methanol at 10% or higher was toxic to sperm for any exposure over 30 min...
August 10, 2017: Cryobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714084/applying-the-erythrocyte-pig-a-assay-concept-to-rat-epididymal-sperm-for-germ-cell-mutagenicity-evaluation
#10
Zhiying Ji, Matthew J LeBaron
The Pig-a assay, a recently developed in vivo somatic gene mutation assay, is based on the identification of mutant erythrocytes that have an altered repertoire of glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI)-anchored cell surface markers. We hypothesized that the erythrocyte Pig-a assay concept could be applied to rat cauda epididymal spermatozoa (sperm) for germ cell mutagenicity evaluation. We used GPI-anchored CD59 as the Pig-a mutation marker and examined the frequency of CD59-negative sperm using flow cytometry...
August 2017: Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710294/steroid-hormone-receptors-and-direct-effects-of-steroid-hormones-on-ram-spermatozoa
#11
Silvia Gimeno-Martos, Marta González-Arto, Adriana Casao, Margarita Gallego, Jose A Cebrian-Perez, Teresa Muino Blanco, Rosaura Perez-Pe
This study was based on the assumption that steroid hormones present in the female genital tract may have a rapid effect on ram spermatozoa by interaction with specific surface receptors. We demonstrate the presence of progesterone (PR) and estrogen (ER) receptors in ram spermatozoa, their localization changes during in vitro capacitation and the actions of progesterone (P4) and 17β-estradiol (E2) on ram sperm functionality. Immunolocalization assays revealed the presence of PR mainly at the equatorial region of ram spermatozoa...
July 14, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708538/glycosidases-in-porcine-follicular-fluid-and-their-effect-on-zona-pellucida-awn-1-spermadhesin-interaction
#12
Tomáš Dráb, Štěpán Ren, Pavla Maňásková-Postlerová, Marie Tichá, Věra Jonáková, Jiří Liberda
Oligosaccharide moieties on the surface of the oocyte belong to the key molecules that direct the course of fertilization and are subjected to changes during oocyte maturation in the follicle. In our study, we focused on the activities of five glycosidases in the fluids from porcine secondary and preovulatory follicles (α-l-fucosidase, α-d-galactosidase, β-d-galactosidase, β-D-N-acetylhexosaminidase, and α-d-mannosidase). All of them were detected active at neutral and acidic pH. However, changes in their activities associated with follicle development were observed only in the case of α-d-mannosidase, which was increased (P < 0...
June 8, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701622/effects-on-glycocalyx-structures-of-frozen-thawed-bovine-sperm-induced-by-flow-cytometry-and-artificial-capacitation
#13
Kohei Umezu, Yuuki Hiradate, Takashi Numabe, Kenshiro Hara, Kentaro Tanemura
Sperm sorting by flow cytometry is a useful technology in the bovine industry, but the conception rates after artificial insemination using sex-sorted sperm are lower than when using the un-sorted sperm. In this study, we have investigated the causes for these low conception rates. We have focused on changes caused by flow cytometry to the glycocalyx, which forms the outermost surface of the sperm membrane. We have also evaluated the effects of capacitation on the glycocalyx since capacitation involves a redistribution of the sperm membrane that is vital for successful fertilization and conception...
October 18, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695569/in-vitro-evidence-for-the-participation-of-drosophila-melanogaster-sperm-%C3%AE-n-acetylglucosaminidases-in-the-interactions-with-glycans-carrying-terminal-n-acetylglucosamine-residues-on-the-egg-s-envelopes
#14
Jari Intra, Concetta Veltri, Daniela De Caro, Maria Elisa Perotti, Maria Enrica Pasini
Fertilization is a complex and multiphasic process, consisting of several steps, where egg-coating envelope's glycoproteins and sperm surface receptors play a critical role. Sperm-associated β-N-acetylglucosaminidases, also known as hexosaminidases, have been identified in a variety of organisms. Previously, two isoforms of hexosaminidases, named here DmHEXA and DmHEXB, were found as intrinsic proteins in the sperm plasma membrane of Drosophila melanogaster. In the present work, we carried out different approaches using solid-phase assays in order to analyze the oligosaccharide recognition ability of D...
September 2017: Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669756/a-splice-variant-of-centrosomin-converts-mitochondria-to-microtubule-organizing-centers
#15
Jieyan V Chen, Rebecca A Buchwalter, Ling-Rong Kao, Timothy L Megraw
Non-centrosomal microtubule organizing centers (MTOCs) direct microtubule (MT) organization to exert diverse cell-type-specific functions. In Drosophila spermatids, the giant mitochondria provide structural platforms for MT reorganization to support elongation of the extremely long sperm. However, the molecular basis for this mitochondrial MTOC and other non-centrosomal MTOCs has not been discerned. Here we report that Drosophila centrosomin (cnn) expresses two major protein variants: the centrosomal form (CnnC) and a non-centrosomal form in testes (CnnT)...
July 10, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662655/identification-characterization-and-purification-of-porcine-quiescin-q6-sulfydryl-oxidase-2-protein
#16
Yu-Wen Kuo, Radhika Joshi, Tse-En Wang, Hui-Wen Chang, Sheng-Hsiang Li, Chun-Ni Hsiao, Pei-Shiue Jason Tsai
BACKGROUND: Post-spermiogenesis membrane surface modifications rely on molecules present in the reproductive tracts. Two isoforms (isoform 1 and 2) from Quiescin Q6-Sulfydryl Oxidase protein family have been identified in the male reproductive tract of rodent species. However, unlike isoform 1, scarce information is available for isoform 2, likely due to its lower expression level and lack of proper purification methods to obtain sufficient protein quantity for further assays. RESULTS: This study demonstrated the presence of short and long forms of Quiescin Q6-Sulfydryl Oxidase 2 in boar, likely representing the secretory (short form) and transmembrane (long form) forms of Quiescin Q6-Sulfydryl Oxidase 2...
June 29, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622512/structural-basis-of-egg-coat-sperm-recognition-at-fertilization
#17
Isha Raj, Hamed Sadat Al Hosseini, Elisa Dioguardi, Kaoru Nishimura, Ling Han, Alessandra Villa, Daniele de Sanctis, Luca Jovine
Recognition between sperm and the egg surface marks the beginning of life in all sexually reproducing organisms. This fundamental biological event depends on the species-specific interaction between rapidly evolving counterpart molecules on the gametes. We report biochemical, crystallographic, and mutational studies of domain repeats 1-3 of invertebrate egg coat protein VERL and their interaction with cognate sperm protein lysin. VERL repeats fold like the functionally essential N-terminal repeat of mammalian sperm receptor ZP2, whose structure is also described here...
June 15, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592487/electrostatic-control-of-dna-intersegmental-translocation-by-the-ets-transcription-factor-etv6
#18
COMPARATIVE STUDY
Tam Vo, Shuo Wang, Gregory M K Poon, W David Wilson
To find their DNA target sites in complex solution environments containing excess heterogeneous DNA, sequence-specific DNA-binding proteins execute various translocation mechanisms known collectively as facilitated diffusion. For proteins harboring a single DNA contact surface, long-range translocation occurs by jumping between widely spaced DNA segments. We have configured biosensor-based surface plasmon resonance to directly measure the affinity and kinetics of this intersegmental jumping by the ETS-family transcription factor ETS variant 6 (ETV6)...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528312/low-sensitivity-of-reproductive-life-stages-in-the-pacific-oyster-crassostrea-gigas-to-abamectin
#19
Laura J Falkenberg, Anna-Lisa Wrange, Alexandra Kinnby, Jon N Havenhand, Antony Lockyer, Craig A Styan
Hard surfaces submerged in the marine environment often become colonised by macro-organisms unless the surfaces have some form of biofouling protection. While protective paints that contain tributyltin or copper work well to prevent biofouling, release of these materials into the environment has been shown to have wider negative impacts. Consequently, new low-release antifouling paints are being developed with alternative active ingredients, such as avermectins, yet little is known about their potential effects on non-target organisms in marine environments...
September 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525345/in-vitro-production-of-sudanese-camel-camelus-dromedarius-embryos-from-epididymal-spermatozoa-and-follicular-oocytes-of-slaughtered-animals
#20
A E Abdelkhalek, Sh A Gabr, W A Khalil, Sh M Shamiah, L Pan, G Qin, M H Farouk
Application of assisted reproductive technology in camelidea, such as artificial insemination (AI) and embryo transfer, has been slow in comparison to that for other livestock species. In Egypt, there are few attempts to establish in vitro maturation (IVM) and fertilization (IVF) techniques in dromedary camel. The present study was carried out to produce Sudanese camel embryos using in vitro matured oocytes and epididymal spermatozoa. Dromedary camel ovaries were collected from abattoirs and then, the oocytes were aspirated from all the visible follicles on the ovarian surface (~2-8 mm in a diameter)...
March 28, 2017: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
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