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Inhibition of Tyrosine Phosphorylation of Sperm Flagellar Proteins, Outer Dense Fiber Protein-2 and Tektin-2, Is Associated With Impaired Motility During Capacitation of Hamster Spermatozoa

Mariappa, Daniel and Aladakatti, Ravindranath H and Dasari, Santos HK and Sreekumar, Arun and Wolkowicz, Michael and van der Hoorn, Frans and Seshagiri, Polani B (2010) Inhibition of Tyrosine Phosphorylation of Sperm Flagellar Proteins, Outer Dense Fiber Protein-2 and Tektin-2, Is Associated With Impaired Motility During Capacitation of Hamster Spermatozoa. In: Molecular Reproduction and Development, 77 (2). pp. 182-193.

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Abstract

In mammals, acquisition of fertilization competence of spermatozoa is dependent on the phenomenon of sperm capacitation. One of the critical molecular events of sperm capacitation is protein tyrosine phosphorylation. In a previous study, we demonstrated that a specific epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)-tyrosine kinase inhibitor, tyrphostin-A47, inhibited hamster sperm capacitation, accompanied by a reduced sperm protein tyrosine phosphorylation. Interestingly, a high percentage of tyrphostin-A47-treated spermatozoa exhibited circular motility, which was associated with a distinct hypo-tyrosine phosphorylation of flagellar proteins, predominantly of Mr 45,000-60,000. In this study, we provide evidence on the localization of capacitation-associated tyrosine-phosphorylated proteins to the nonmembranous, structural components of the sperm flagellum. Consistent with this, we show their ultrastructural localization in the outer dense fiber, axoneme, and fibrous sheath of spermatozoa. Among hypo-tyrosine phosphorylated major proteins of tyrphostin-A47-treated spermatozoa, we identified the 45 kDa protein as outer dense fiber protein-2 and the 51 kDa protein as tektin-2, components of the sperm outer dense fiber and axoneme, respectively. This study shows functional association of hypo-tyrosine-phosphorylation status of outer dense fiber protein-2 and tektin-2 with impaired flagellar bending of spermatozoa, following inhibition of EGFR-tyrosine kinase, thereby showing the critical importance of flagellar protein tyrosine phosphorylation during capacitation and hyperactivation of hamster spermatozoa.

Item Type: Journal Article
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Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Molecular Reproduction, Development & Genetics (formed by the merger of DBGL and CRBME)
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2010 07:19
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 05:54
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/25477

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