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Title: Male mice express spermatogenic cell-specific triosephosphate isomerase isozymes.

Authors: Ijiri, Takashi W; Vadnais, Melissa L; Lin, Angel M; Huang, Andy P; Cao, Wenlei; Merdiushev, Tanya; Gerton, George L

Published In Mol Reprod Dev, (2013 Oct)

Abstract: Triosephosphate isomerase 1 (TPI1) is a member of the glycolytic pathway, which is a critical source of energy for motility in mouse sperm. By immunoblotting, we detected two male, germ line-specific TPI1 bands (Mr 33,400 and 30,800) as well as the somatic-type band (Mr 27,700). Although all three bands were observed in spermatogenic cells, somatic-type TPI1 disappeared from sperm during epididymal maturation. In vitro dephosphorylation analysis suggested that the two male, germ line-specific TPI1 bands were not the result of phosphorylation of the 27,700 Mr TPI1 band. The Mr 33,400; 30,800; and 27,700 TPI1 bands corresponded to the respective sizes of the proteins predicted to use the first, second, and third possible initiation codons of the Tpi1 cDNA. We performed immunofluorescence on epididymal sperm and determined that TPI1 specifically localized in the principal piece. The antibody staining was stronger in cauda epididymal sperm than in caput epididymal sperm, a finding consistent with the identification of TPI1 as a cauda epididymal sperm-enriched protein. Immunofluorescence with sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS)-insoluble flagellar accessory structures showed a strong TPI1 signal only in the principal piece, indicating that TPI1 is a component of the fibrous sheath. Northern blot hybridization detected longer Tpi1 transcripts (1.56 kb) in mouse testis, whereas somatic tissues had shorter transcripts (1.32 kb). As there is only one triosephosphate isomerase gene in the mouse genome, we conclude that the three variants we see in sperm result from the use of alternative translation start codons in spermatogenic cells.

PubMed ID: 23878000 Exiting the NIEHS site

MeSH Terms: Animals; Epididymis/embryology; Epididymis/enzymology*; Epididymis/metabolism; Glycolysis/genetics; Immunoblotting; Isoenzymes/genetics; Isoenzymes/metabolism; Male; Mice; Phosphorylation; RNA, Messenger/genetics; Sperm Head/enzymology*; Sperm Head/metabolism; Sperm Tail/enzymology*; Sperm Tail/metabolism; Spermatogenesis; Triose-Phosphate Isomerase/genetics*; Triose-Phosphate Isomerase/metabolism*

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