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Proteomic analysis of pikeperch seminal plasma provides novel insight into the testicular development of domesticated fish stocks

Dietrich, Mariola Aleksandra and Judycka, Sylwia and Żarski, Daniel and Malinowska, Agata and Świderska, Bianka and Palińska-Żarska, Katarzyna and Błażejewski, Maciej and Ciereszko, Andrzej (2021) Proteomic analysis of pikeperch seminal plasma provides novel insight into the testicular development of domesticated fish stocks. Animal, 15 (7). ISSN 17517311


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Control of the reproduction of domesticated stocks is considered a prerequisite for aquaculture development of pikeperch. However, knowledge about the physiology of the captive pikeperch male reproductive system and the biology of semen is very limited, especially regarding protein characteristics. The aims of our study were to characterize pikeperch sperm quantity and quality parameters and to analyze changes in the proteome of the same males spawned for the first and second times. Moreover, attempts were made to generate the first proteomic library of seminal plasma proteins. Semen collected during the first spawning season were was characterized by lower sperm concentration and volume than for the second season. Using mass spectrometry-based label-free quantitative proteomics, we identified 850 proteins in the seminal plasma of pikeperch from both spawning seasons, and 65 seminal proteins were found to be differentially abundant between the first and second spawning seasons. The majority of differentially abundant proteins were involved in stress and immune responses, developmental processes, cofactor metabolic processes, proteolysis, cellular oxidant detoxification and organization of the extracellular matrix (ECM). In addition, several proteins unique to pikeperch seminal plasma were identified, including antifreeze proteins, hibernation-specific plasma proteins, lectins and vitellogenin. In summary, our results indicate that males that spawned for the first time were characterized by incompletely mature gonads and the expression of proteins associated with the early phase of spermatogenesis and ECM organization. On the other hand, males that spawned for the second time exhibited advanced gonadal maturation and expression of proteins related to the late stage of spermatogenesis and sperm maturation, including regulation of reactive oxygen species generation, bicarbonate production, sperm elongation and separation. The identification of a large number of seminal plasma proteins provides a valuable resource for understanding the functions of seminal plasma and the molecular mechanisms involved in testicular development and maturation in domesticated fish, which is a prerequisite for better control of reproduction in captivity.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
S Agriculture > SH Aquaculture. Fisheries. Angling
Divisions:Mass Spectrometry Laboratory
ID Code:2057
Deposited By: Agata Malinowska
Deposited On:22 Jul 2021 11:55
Last Modified:22 Jul 2021 11:55

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