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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806153/expression-purification-and-refolding-of-human-lipocalin-6-and-production-of-a-monoclonal-antibody-against-this-protein
#1
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
#2
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
#3
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
#4
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...
July 17, 2017: Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710294/steroid-hormone-receptors-and-direct-effects-of-steroid-hormones-on-ram-spermatozoa
#5
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
#6
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
#7
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...
July 13, 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
#8
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...
July 10, 2017: Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669756/a-splice-variant-of-centrosomin-converts-mitochondria-to-microtubule-organizing-centers
#9
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
#10
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517368/testicular-thermoregulation-scrotal-surface-temperature-patterns-and-semen-quality-of-water-buffalo-bulls-reared-in-a-tropical-climate
#15
L K X Silva, J S Sousa, A O A Silva, J B Lourenço Junior, C Faturi, L G Martorano, I M Franco, M H A Pantoja, D V Barros, A R Garcia
This study evaluated the capacity of thermoregulation and its consequences on the scrotal surface temperature patterns and semen quality of buffalo bulls raised in a wet tropical climate. Eleven water buffaloes were evaluated in the rainiest, in the transitional and in the less rainy season. Air temperature and humidity were consistently high, but the animals did not show thermal stress in any season. The scrotal temperature gradient of buffalo bulls using infrared thermography was described, and three parallel and decreasing thermal bands were characterised...
May 18, 2017: Andrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509550/sugars-require-rigid-multivalent-displays-for-activation-of-mouse-sperm-acrosomal-exocytosis
#16
He Huang, Maria T Rodolis, Surita R Bhatia, Nicole S Sampson
As a prerequisite to mammalian fertilization, the sperm acrosomal vesicle fuses with the plasma membrane and the acrosome contents are exocytosed. Induction occurs through engagement of the sperm receptors by multiple sugar residues. Multivalent polymers displaying mannose, fucose, or GlcNAc are effective synthetic inducers of mouse sperm acrosomal exocytosis (AE). Each carbohydrate is proposed to have a distinct binding site on the sperm cell surface. To determine the role of the scaffold structure in the efficiency of AE induction, different polymer backbones were employed to display the different activating sugar residues...
June 6, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491120/microscopy-of-physcomitrella-patens-sperm-cells
#17
Nelly A Horst, Ralf Reski
BACKGROUND: Archegoniates (bryophytes, ferns and gymnosperms), such as the moss Physcomitrella patens, possess freely motile sperm cells (spermatozoids) which reach the egg cell via surface water. Although these motile flagellated sperm cells are a traditional botanical subject, they have not been thoroughly analysed in the flagship non-seed plant model species P. patens. Protocols are required to determine the behaviour of wild type sperms as a prerequisite for future research such as the characterization of mutants or factors that influence sperm number, morphology, viability and motility...
2017: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452082/reproductive-tract-modifications-of-the-boar-sperm-surface
#18
REVIEW
Bart M Gadella
The sperm cell has a unique, polarized and segregated surface that is modified extensively by the changing environments in both the male and the female reproductive tracts. The sperm cannot refresh its surface, as protein translation and membrane recycling by intracellular vesicular transport have ceased upon its maturation. So, how is the sperm surface modified in the reproductive tracts and how do these processes affect fertilization? This review traces these modifications as boar sperm travels from their liberation from the Sertoli cell into the lumen of seminiferous tubules of the testis to the site of fertilization in the ampulla of the oviduct in the sow, via an artificial insemination route...
April 27, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436137/insights-into-in-vitro-spermatogenesis-in-mammals-past-present-future
#19
REVIEW
Amir Fattahi, Zeinab Latifi, Tohid Ghasemnejad, Hamid Reza Nejabati, Mohammad Nouri
Considering the self-renewal and differentiation ability of pluripotent stem cells, some studies have pointed out the possibility of stem cell-derived sperm production. Most studies that test this hypothesis have been conducted on rodents, with some promising results; however, studies on humans are progressing slowly, and have encountered technical and ethical hurdles. Established methods to differentiate stem cells-including embryoid bodies, co-culturing, and various feeder cells-may provide a niche that is similar to in vivo conditions and resolve epigenetic abnormalities, but a gonadal-like three-dimensional structure is still required to produce germ cells with the correct imprinting...
July 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430907/food-intake-affects-sperm-egg-fusion-through-the-gip-psg17-axis-in-mice
#20
Tatsunori Shimizu, Takehiro Sato, Katsushi Tsukiyama, Hiroki Fujita, Shunsuke Kato, Manabu Hoizumi, Hiromitsu Shirasawa, Takuma Narita, Yukihiro Terada, Yutaka Seino, Yuichiro Yamada
In addition to overeating, starvation also reduces fecundity in mammals. However, little is known about the molecular mechanisms linking food intake to fertility, especially in males. Gastric inhibitory polypeptide (GIP), which is released from intestinal K-cells after meal ingestion, stimulates insulin secretion from pancreatic β-cells through the action of incretin and has several extra-pancreatic effects. Here, we identified GIP receptor (Gipr) expression in mouse spermatids. Microarray analysis revealed that pregnancy-specific glycoprotein 17 (Psg17), a potential CD9-binding partner, was significantly decreased in GIP receptor-knockout (Gipr-/-) testes...
April 19, 2017: Endocrinology
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