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Title: Identification of bovine sperm specific polypeptides reactive with antisperm antibodies
Authors: Tripathi, D
Sharma, N C
Singh, S K
Gupta, Lavleen K
Issue Date: Jul-1999
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: The present study was taken to characterize molecular weights of sperm specific polypeptides antigenic to rabbits and calf with the aim to assess their immunoreactivity with IgG antibodies in sera from immuno-infertile cows. Seropositivity far antisperm IgG antibodies in 75 repeat breeder and 15 pregnant control cattle was tested by cellular ELISA using washed spermatozoa antigen from 4 bulls. Molecular weights of bovine sperm polypeptides antigenic to rabbit and calf were determined by 10% SDS-PAGE and Western blotting. Molecular weights of sperm peptides reactive with sera from immuno-infertile cows were also determined. Seropositivity of antisperm IgG antibodies for bull I, II, III and IV was 23.6, 14.6, 26.6 and 20%, respectively.A total of 16 polypeptides were discernible on gel. Out of these, 7 polypeptides were immunoreactive with sera from hyper-immunized rabbits as compared to 3 poly-peptides which reacted with sera from hyper-immunized calf. Only two polypeptides were reactive with sera from immuno-infertile cows. Variable number of sperm polypeptides and their immunoreactivity have been reported in different species. Antigenicity of different polypeptides in sperm needs further investigations.
Page(s): 655-661
ISSN: 0975-1009 (Online); 0019-5189 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJEB Vol.37(07) [July 1999]

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