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Spermiogenesis and biflagellate spermatozoon of the teleost fish Lampanyctus crocodilus (Myctophiformes, Myctophidae): ultrastructure and characterisation of its sperm basic nuclear proteins
Ribes, Enric; Cheema, M; Gonzalez Romero, R.; LLORIS, D.; Ausió, Juan; Saperas Plana, Núria
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Departament d'Enginyeria Química; Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. MACROM - Cristal·lografia, Estructura i Funció de Macromolècules Biològiques
We undertook an ultrastructural study of the spermiogenesis of the lanternfish Lampanyctus crocodilus (Myctophiformes, Myctophidae) with special emphasis on the condensation of chromatin and the biochemical characterisation of its spermnuclear basic proteins (SNBPs). The round head of the early spermatid of L. crocodilus develops into a curved conical-shaped head in the spermatozoon. Two flagella, present even in the spermatid, are inserted laterally at the convex side of the sperm head. Both flagella possess an axoneme with a 9 + 0 instead of the typical 9 + 2 axonemal structure. Mitochondria undergo a characteristic redistribution during spermiogenesis. A reduced number of them are present lying away from the centrioles at both ends of the concave side of the sperm head. During the chromatin condensation stages in spermiogenesis, fibrogranular structures with granules of 25 +/- 5 and 50 +/- 5 nm can be observed in the early spermatid and develop into larger granules of about 150 +/- 50 nm in the middle spermatid. The latter granules coalesce during the transition to the advanced spermatid and spermatozoon giving rise to highly condensed chromatin in the sperm cell. Protamines are the main SNBPs associated with this chromatin; however, they are unusually large and correspond to the largest protamines described in fish to date. Small stoichiometric amounts of histones and other basic proteins coexist with these protamines in the spermatozoon.
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Àrees temàtiques de la UPC::Enginyeria química
Spermiogenesis in animals
Biflagellate sperm
Fish spermiogenesis
Sperm nuclear basic proteins
worm chaetopterus-variopedatus
chromatin condensation
cardinal fish
bony fish
Peixos -- Espermatozoides

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