Sperm-binding fibronectin type II-module proteins are genetically linked and functionally related

Ekhlasi-Hundrieser, Mahnaz; Schäfer, Bettina; Philipp, Ute; Kuiper, Heidi; Leeb, Tosso; Mehta, Meenal; Kirchhoff, Christiane; Töpfer-Petersen, Edda (2007). Sperm-binding fibronectin type II-module proteins are genetically linked and functionally related. Gene, 392(1-2), pp. 253-65. Amsterdam: Elsevier 10.1016/j.gene.2007.01.002

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Fibronectin type II (Fn2) module-containing proteins in the male genital tract are characterized by different numbers of Fn2 modules. Predominantly two classes exist which are distinct by having either two or four Fn2 modules. Minor variants with three Fn2 modules were also found in the human and the porcine epididymis. To reveal their relationship, mRNAs and proteins of representatives of these classes were studied in human, in Sus scrofa, and in rodents. Adult boars expressed members of both classes, i.e. ELSPBP1 and pB1, in subsequent regions of the epididymis, and both were under androgenic control. Human and rodent epididymides, on the other hand, alternatively contained only representatives of one of these two classes, i.e. ELSPBP1 in the human and two different pB1-related counterparts in rodents. ELSPBP1 and pB1-related genomic sequences were closely linked in chromosomal regions HSA 19q and SSC 6 q11-q21; conserved synteny between these regions is well established. On the other hand, in a syntenic region on mouse chromosome 7, ELSPBP1-related sequences were lacking. Tight binding to the sperm membrane via a choline-mediated mechanism was a common feature of the two classes of Fn2-module proteins, suggesting related function(s). However, differences in their regionalized expression patterns along the male genital tract as well as in association sites on the sperm surface suggested a species-specific sequential order in sperm binding.

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05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Research and Veterinary Public Health (DCR-VPH) > Institute of Genetics

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04 Oct 2013 14:52

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https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/22147 (FactScience: 32039)

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