Journal article

Proteomic analysis of good- and poor-quality human sperm demonstrates that several proteins are routinely aberrantly regulated

Jacob K Netherton, Louise Hetherington, Rachel A Ogle, Tony Velkov, Mark A Baker

BIOLOGY OF REPRODUCTION | OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC | Published : 2018

Abstract

Male infertility is a complex condition, and for the most part, all men produce defective spermatozoa, but infertile men have a tendency to produce more. Despite attempts to classify infertility, there is no definitive test. One approach would be to use protein biomarkers; however as yet, we still do not understand proteins that are differentially expressed within defective spermatozoa. As such, we took nine men (fertility status unknown) and used Percoll density gradients to isolate a population of good- and poor-quality sperm. For four of these men, we also obtained multiple ejaculations. The most noticeable differences between the Percoll-isolated fractions were motility and CMA3 staining..

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