In our previous Genome-wise Association Study we found that Cystic Fibrosis Transmem- brane Conductance Regulator gene (CFTR) is a candidate gene for sperm motility in fresh semen of Holstein-Friesian bulls. Since in cows thawed semen is commonly used for the artificial insem- ination (AI) we have decided to find out whether functional polymorphism within CFTR gene coding sequence is associated with selected parameters of thawed sperm, including their motility evaluated by computer-assisted sperm analysis (CASA), the activity of three antioxidant enzymes: glutathione peroxidase (GPx) catalase (CAT), superoxide dismutase (SOD), ATP con- tent and integrity of sperm membranes. One hundred twenty Holstein Friesian bulls kept in uni- form environmental conditions (one AI company) were included in the study. Significant associ- ations between genotypes of missense mutation within exon 11 of the CFTR gene (Met468Leu) and the activity of antioxidant enzymes and sperm mitochondrial function were revealed. No effect of CFTR genotypes on sperm motility was observed. Significant differences in CAT and SOD activity were found between AA and TT homozygous individuals. Bulls with TT genotype had the lowest activity of both antioxidant enzymes. The same bulls also showed the lowest num- ber of sperm with active mitochondria. Our results demonstrate that missense mutation Met468Leu within CFTR gene is associated with antioxidant enzyme activity and mitochondrial function of bovine thawed sperm without affecting their motility.
Electrophoretic methods were used to identify protein complexes formed between ostrich egg yolk lipoprotein fractions (LPFo) with seminal plasma (SP) of fractionated ejaculates, and to investigate the effect of these complexes on boar semen quality after cryopreservation. Chromatographic SP fractions (F1, F2 and F3), with or without LPFo solution, were subjected to sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) analysis. Comparative electrophoretic analyses of the SP revealed marked differences in the SDS-PAGE protein profiles among boars. Electrophoretic analyses showed that the interactions of LPFo with SP resulted in the appearance of high-intensity protein bands. Spermatozoa were exposed to SP chromatographic fractions originating from F1, F2 and F3, and the whole SP (wSP) before being frozen. Spermatozoa exposed to F1 and F2 exhibited significantly higher post-thaw motility compared to those treated with either F3 or wSP. In most of the boars the proportions of membrane-intact frozen-thawed spermatozoa differed among the treatments, being significantly lower in the wSP-treated samples. The incidence of frozen-thawed spermatozoa with DNA fragmentation was less prevalent in samples exposed to F3 or the wSP. The results of this study confirmed that the interactions of LPFo with fractionated SP during the cooling period contributed to alterations in the sperm membranes, rendering them less susceptible to temperature-related injury.
The aim of this study was to identify the proteoforms of albumin and kallikrein in stallion seminal plasma (SP), and to determine their correlations with sperm motility parameters. The experimental material consisted of ejaculates from 8 stallions, which were collected during the breeding and non-breeding seasons (BS and NBS, respectively). SP proteins were identified by 2-D PAGE and mass spectrometry (MALDI TOT/TOF MS). Sperm motility parameters were analyzed using the CASA system. Protein expression (integrated optical density-IOD) of albumin proteoforms 1 (ALB 1) and 2 (ALB 2) and kallikrein proteoforms 1 (KAL 1) and 2 (KAL 2) was correlated (p<0.05) with sperm motility parameters (total motility and progressive motility) during the BS. No significant correlations were found between the expression of albumin or kallikrein and sperm motility parameters during the NBS. The presence of correlations between the expression of ALB 1, ALB 2, KAL 1, KAL 2 and selected sperm motility parameters could suggest that the analyzed components of the SP belong to the group of fertility-associated pro- teins (FAPs).
The aim of this study was to measure the NO level in boar semen held in a liquid state and to determine its putative relation to spermatozoa motility, plasma membrane integrity, mitochondrial membrane potential and ATP content. Generally, the percentage of spermatozoa which generated nitric oxide gradually increased, while NO level in the surrounding medium declined during the liquid preservation. NO generation in semen preserved in BTS was higher as compared to those in Androhep®Plus. We demonstrated the positive correlation between the NO level in fresh spermatozoa and their quality. We also showed negative correlation between nitric oxide level in spermatozoa preserved in BTS and sperm cells motility as well as plasma membrane integrity. Results obtained in this study confirm that NO may affect sperm physiology in a dualistic manner.
Effect of single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in splicing site of the LPAR1 (lysophosphatidic acid receptor 1) gene on selected quality traits was investigated in frozen-thawed semen of Holstein-Friesian bulls. Splicing mutation A/G in the LPAR1 gene (rs43581860) was identified in 120 Holstein-Friesian bulls using PCR-RFLP technique (Hph I). Heterozygotes AG were the most frequent (37.5%) compared with AA (30.8%) and GG (31.7%) homozygotes. Observed differences in total motility (TM), sperm membrane integrity (SYBR-14/PI) and ATP content were significant between homozygotes AA or GG and heterozygotes AG. For all three traits disadvantageous effect of heterozygotes AG was detected. This means that LPAR1 splicing mutation has significant effect on semen quality and should be considered as a new marker of semen quality in Holstein-Friesian bulls.