Does advancing male age influence the expression levels and localisation patterns of phospholipase C zeta (PLCζ) in human sperm?

Yeste, M. and Jones, C. and Amdani, S.N. and Yelumalai, S. and Mounce, G. and Da Silva, S.J.M. and Child, T. and Coward, K. (2016) Does advancing male age influence the expression levels and localisation patterns of phospholipase C zeta (PLCζ) in human sperm? Scientific Reports, 6 (1). p. 27543. ISSN 2045-2322

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep27543

Abstract

Socio-economic factors have led to an increasing trend for couples to delay parenthood. However, advancing age exerts detrimental effects upon gametes which can have serious consequences upon embryo viability. While such effects are well documented for the oocyte, relatively little is known with regard to the sperm. One fundamental role of sperm is to activate the oocyte at fertilisation, a process initiated by phospholipase C zeta (PLCς), a sperm-specific protein. While PLCς deficiency can lead to oocyte activation deficiency and infertility, it is currently unknown whether the expression or function of PLCς is compromised by advancing male age. Here, we evaluate sperm motility and the proportion of sperm expressing PLCς in 71 males (22-54 years; 44 fertile controls and 27 infertile patients), along with total levels and localisation patterns of PLCς within the sperm head. Three different statistical approaches were deployed with male age considered both as a categorical and a continuous factor. While progressive motility was negatively correlated with male age, all three statistical models concurred that no PLCς -related parameter was associated with male age, suggesting that advancing male age is unlikely to cause problems in terms of the sperm's fundamental ability to activate an oocyte.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Phosphatidylinositol 4,5 bisphosphate phosphodiesterase; PLCZ1 protein, human
Subjects: R Medicine
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 31 May 2018 04:01
Last Modified: 31 May 2018 04:01
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/18783

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