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|Type:||Artigo de periódico|
|Title:||Parameters of the Reproductive Tract, Spermatogenesis, Daily Sperm Production and Major Seminal Plasma Proteins of Tropically Adapted Morada Nova Rams|
|Abstract:||Contents This study describes the reproductive parameters of Morada Nova rams, a breed of hair sheep from Brazil and with unique adaption to tropical environments. At 42weeks of age, 15 rams were subjected to semen collection and, 1week later, animals were slaughtered for collection of testes, epididymis and accessory sex glands. We conducted 2-D electrophoresis of seminal plasma proteins and major spots of stained gels were identified by LC-MS/MS. Total RNA was isolated from testis, epididymis and vesicular glands and subjected to qPCR. At slaughter, scrotal circumference and testicular weight were 27.5 +/- 0.5cm and 109.5 +/- 6.0g, respectively. Seminiferous tubule (ST) diameter was 188.3 +/- 4.0m and each testis contained 1.9 +/- 0.1 Sertoli cells (x10(9)). Each Sertoli cell supported 0.1 +/- 0.01 A spermatogonia, 3.0 +/- 0.2 pachytene spermatocytes and 7.7 +/- 0.5 round spermatids/tubule cross section. Daily sperm production reached 5.6x10(6)cells/g of testis parenchyma. Testis size appeared as indicative of ST diameter and associated with epididymal measurements, as well as with the population of round spermatids and Sertoli cells/testis. Rams with heavier testes had greater daily sperm production and more Sertoli cells/testis. We detected 90.9 +/- 9.6 spots per 2-D gel of seminal plasma. Major seminal proteins were identified as ram seminal vesicle proteins at 14 and 22kDa, representing 16.2% and 12.8% of the total intensity of valid spots in the gels, respectively. Expression of both genes was greater in the vesicular glands as compared to testis and epididymis. Pixel intensity for those proteins in the 2-D gels was significantly correlated with seminal vesicle weight. This is the first description of the basic reproductive aspects of Morada Nova rams, including protein profiles of their seminal plasma. These findings will allow a better understanding of their reproductive physiology.|
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