Composition and behavior of head membrane lipids of fresh and cryopreserved boar sperm
Buhr MM, Curtis EF, Kakuda NS.
Department of Animal and Poultry Science, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
Head plasma membranes were isolated from fresh or cryopreserved ejaculated boar spermatozoa and the lipids were extracted for determination of lipid fluidity (n = 6 for fresh and cryopreserved) and for compositional analysis (n = 5 for fresh, 6 for cryopreserved). Composition of the egg yolk extender was also determined. For fluidity determination, the mixed lipids were allowed to form natural liposomes. Bilayer fluidity of these liposomes was analyzed in the presence or the absence of 1 mM Ca2+ with the probes tPNA, which preferentially locates into gel-phase areas, and cPNA, which enters fluid and gel-phase areas equally and thus assesses bulk lipids. Fluidity of liposomes declined significantly during controlled-rate cooling for all samples. Compared to lipids from fresh membranes, gel lipids from cryopreserved cells lost fluidity at a significantly more rapid rate, as did bulk lipids in the presence of Ca2+ (P
Source: American Journal of Botany. 1999;86:198-207.
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