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Title: Expression of the male reproduction-related gene in spermatic ducts of the blue swimming crab, Portunus pelagicus, And transfer of modified protein to the sperm acrosome
Authors: Morakot Sroyraya
Peter J. Hanna
Narin Changklungmoa
Thanyaporn Senarai
Tanapan Siangcham
Yotsawan Tinikul
Prasert Sobhon
Mahidol University
Deakin University
Keywords: Health Professions;Medicine;Physics and Astronomy
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2013
Citation: Microscopy Research and Technique. Vol.76, No.1 (2013), 102-112
Abstract: Expression of a sex-specific gene in Macrobrachium rosenbergii (Mr-Mrr), encoding a male reproduction-related (Mrr) protein, has been identified in the spermatic ducts (SDs) and postulated to be involved in sperm maturation processes. M. rosenbergii is the only decapod that the expression and fate of the Mrr protein has been studied. To determine that this protein was conserved in decapods, we firstly used cloning techniques to identify the Mrr gene in two crabs, Portunus pelagicus (Pp-Mrr) and Scylla serrata (Ss-Mrr). We then investigated expression of Pp-Mrr by in situ hybridization, and immunolocalization, as well as phosphorylation and glycosylation modifications, and the fate of the protein in the male reproductive tract. Pp-Mrr was shown to have 632 nucleotides, and a deduced protein of 110 amino acids, with an unmodified molecular weight of 11.79 kDa and a mature protein with molecular weight of 9.16 kDa. In situ hybridization showed that Pp-Mrr is expressed in the epithelium of the proximal, middle, distal SDs, and ejaculatory ducts. In Western blotting, proteins of 10.9 and 17.2 kDa from SDs were all positive using anti-Mrr, antiphosphoserine/threonine, and antiphosphotyrosine. PAS staining showed they were also glycosylated. Immunolocalization studies showed Pp-Mrr in the SD epithelium, lumen, and on the acrosomes of spermatozoa. Immunofluorescence staining indicated the acrosome of spermatozoa contained the Mrr protein, which is phosphorylated with serine/threonine and tyrosine, and also glycosylated. The Mrr is likely to be involved in acrosomal activation during fertilization of eggs. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
ISSN: 10970029
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