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Journal of Animal Science Abstract - Animal Physiology

Premises for fowl sperm preservation based on applied bioenergetics1


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  1. Vol. 92 No. 2, p. 568-576
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    Received: Nov 10, 2013
    Accepted: Dec 16, 2013
    Published: November 24, 2014

    2 Corresponding author(s):

  1. D. P. Froman 23
  1. Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis 97331


The primary goal of this work was to test whether the sperm mobility assay could be used to derive mathematical relationships from which predictions could be made about sperm cell function. A precondition was random sampling from a pool of sperm. This precondition was met by centrifuging mobile sperm through 12% (wt/vol) Accudenz containing the Ca2+ chelator 1,2-bis-(o-aminophenoxy)ethane-N,N,N’,N’-tetraacetic acid (BAPTA) and then holding washed sperm at 20°C within buffered potassium chloride. These 2 conditions rendered washed sperm immobile at 20°C. Resumption of sperm mobility was independent of time (P > 0.8558) when sperm were reactivated at body temperature with 2 mM Ca2+ in isotonic sodium chloride at pH 7.4. Reactivated sperm mobility was 93% of the prewash control. Subsequent experiments served to define a dose response, predict optimal conditions for in vitro sperm mobility, and show how sperm can recover from an imposed non-physiological condition. Thus, functions were derived from which predictions were made. Whereas the utility of BAPTA treatment was confirmed in a new context, such utility did not address the question of whole-cell Ca2+ flux during sperm cell manipulation. This issue is pivotal for the application of bioenergetics to fowl sperm preservation. Therefore, the secondary goal of this research was to investigate sperm cell Ca2+ flux using a simulation of conditions encountered by sperm during centrifugation through 12% (wt/vol) Accudenz. These conditions included a temperature of 30°C, a Ca2+ sink, and no exogenous substrate. Sperm motion was measured with a Hobson SpermTracker. Data points conformed to parabolic functions when motile concentration and velocity were plotted as functions of time. In each case, maximums were observed, e.g., 26 min for motile concentration. The upswing was attributed to a redistribution of intracellular Ca2+ whereas the downswing was attributed to sperm cell Ca2+ depletion. A pronounced isothermal increase was observed for each variable when the Ca2+ sink was overcome with exogenous Ca2+. Experimental outcomes supported four testable premises applicable to fowl sperm preservation research: 1) the importance of sperm mobility phenotype, 2) the relationship between mitochondrial Ca2+ cycling and sperm mobility, 3) the utility of the sperm mobility assay for predicting experimental outcomes, and 4) understanding mitochondrial Ca2+ cycling in terms of whole-cell Ca2+ flux.

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