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Identification of anti-agglutinin for spermatozoa in epididymal boar plasma



Identification of anti-agglutinin for spermatozoa in epididymal boar plasma



Molecular Reproduction and Development 37(4): 436-445



The present report identifies epididymal boar anti-agglutinin and examines its effect on sperm motility. Boar spermatozoa from the cauda epididymidis were washed and incubated in modified Krebs-Ringer bicarbonate at 37 degrees C (5% CO2 in air). In the samples washed three or five times and then incubated for 3-5 h, higher rates (72-79%) of spermatozoa were associated with one another at the acrosomal region, mainly in groups of 2-5 cells (head-to-head agglutination), and many cells exhibited intensively flagellant and/or circular types of movement but rarely progressive motility. The addition of epididymal plasma or 25 kDa protein purified from it markedly inhibited the occurrence of head-to-head agglutination in washed spermatozoa, whereas heat treatment and subsequent removal of insoluble materials reduced the anti-agglutination activity of epididymal plasma. The percentages of progressively motile cells in the samples incubated with epididymal plasma or 25 kDa epididymal protein rose coincident with the reduction of sperm agglutination. These findings demonstrate that the 25 kDa epididymal protein is an anti-agglutinin for the cauda spermatozoa and that it effectively functions to maintain progressive motility of the cells in vitro.

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DOI: 10.1002/mrd.1080370410


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