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ScienceAsia 44(2018): 383-387 |doi: 10.2306/scienceasia1513-1874.2018.44.383


A novel role for ribonuclease 9 in suppressing sperm capacitation and acrosome reaction


Jie Liua, Yuanyuan Houb, Lei Gonga, Yuanyuan Gub, Lijun Duana, Yuxiao Tangc, Wenting Wanga,*

 
ABSTRACT:     Ribonuclease 9 (RNase 9) is a member of the ribonuclease A superfamily, which is mainly expressed in the epididymis. However, it has no ribonucleolytic activity and its function remains unclear. Immunofluorescence experiments showed that the localization of RNase 9 protein on the sperm surface has moved from the neck to the acrosome cap during capacitation and acrosome reaction. Chlortetracycline staining was used to assay the role of RNase 9 on capacitation and acrosome reaction. The spontaneous acrosome reaction induced by progesterone could be suppressed by RNase 9 protein and the acrosome reaction ratio was 6.5?1.2%. Furthermore, exposure of spermatozoa to RNase 9 protein reduced the level of cyclic AMP significantly during the acrosome reaction. Taken together, we confirmed that RNase 9 protein could impair sperm function, including capacitation and acrosome reaction, and had potential role in male reproductive toxicity

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a Biochip Laboratory, Yantai Yuhuangding Hospital affiliated to Qingdao University, Yantai 264000 China
b Obstetrics Department, Yantai Yuhuangding Hospital affiliated to Qingdao University, Yantai 264000 China
c Endocrine Department, Yantai Yuhuangding Hospital affiliated to Qingdao Universit, Yantai 264000 China

* Corresponding author, E-mail: Endocrine Department, Yantai Yuhuangding Hospital affiliated to Qingdao Universit, Yantai 264000Ch

Received 28 Apr 2018, Accepted 17 Dec 2018