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Boar sperm cytoplasmic droplets: their ultrastructure, their numbers in the epididymis and at ejaculation and their removal during isolation of sperm plasma membranes

Boar sperm cytoplasmic droplets: their ultrastructure, their numbers in the epididymis and at ejaculation and their removal during isolation of sperm plasma membranes

Tissue & Cell 16(3): 455-468

Cytoplasmic droplets of the boar are progressively lost from the flagellum of boar spermatozoa during epididymal transit, at ejaculation and during the nitrogen cavitation technique for isolation of plasma membranes. Apparently very fragile, these structures are broken up in the fluids of the reproductive tract and in the buffer used during the nitrogen cavitation procedure. The maximal potential contamination of cytoplasmic droplet internal vesicular membranes in plasma membrane fractions was determined to be 2.2% of the entire membrane surface area collected. The highly sensitive silver-stained, two-dimensional (2-D) polyacrylamide (PAGE) gels of boar sperm plasma membranes did not reveal cytoplasmic droplet, internal membrane, marker polypeptides, further demonstrating the high purity of plasma membrane preparations. In addition, freeze-fracture demonstrates that the internal membranes of the cytoplasmic droplet show few intramembranous particles and these may contribute little protein to plasma membrane preparations. The presence of two forms of vesicular elements in boar sperm Cytoplasmic droplets (typical vesicles and collapsed vesicles) is described.

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DOI: 10.1016/0040-8166(84)90063-6

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