Translator Disclaimer
1 December 2000 Systematic Characterization of Sperm-Specific Membrane Proteins in Swine
Nancy P. Haden, John R. Hickox, C. Scott Whisnant, Daniel M. Hardy
Author Affiliations +

To establish a systematic strategy for characterizing fertilization proteins of sperm cells, we prepared alloantisera by immunizing gilts with salt-washed membranes from boar spermatozoa. The antisera recognized a unique subset of sperm membrane proteins that migrated with Mr 7500–66 000 in SDS-PAGE under nonreducing conditions. The antisera did not recognize proteins of erythrocyte membranes, and tissue absorption experiments further confirmed that the alloantigens were sperm-specific proteins. Each of these sperm-specific membrane proteins (SSMPs) possessed one or more disulfide bonds that were essential for its interaction with alloantibody. Enzymatic deglycosylation revealed that most of the SSMPs were glycoproteins, and their alloantigenicity was not dependent on the presence of N-linked oligosaccharides. The presence of disulfide bonds and glycosylation indicated that the SSMPs identified each comprise at least one extracellular domain. Two-dimensional electrophoresis resolved at least 14 distinct SSMPs, 13 of which possessed acidic pIs (range 4.2–4.8). By indirect immunofluorescence, the SSMPs localized to the cell surface overlying all major regions of the sperm cell. We conclude that the repertoire of immunodominant SSMPs in the pig is relatively small, which makes feasible the systematic elucidation of their functions in fertilization.

Nancy P. Haden, John R. Hickox, C. Scott Whisnant, and Daniel M. Hardy "Systematic Characterization of Sperm-Specific Membrane Proteins in Swine," Biology of Reproduction 63(6), 1839-1847, (1 December 2000).
Received: 9 March 2000; Accepted: 1 August 2000; Published: 1 December 2000

acrosome reaction
gamete biology
sperm capacitation
Get copyright permission
Back to Top