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Apoptosis

2002

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Apoptosis Pathways: Presence And Significance In Ejaculated Human Spermatozoa, Steven Lewis Taylor Jan 2002

Apoptosis Pathways: Presence And Significance In Ejaculated Human Spermatozoa, Steven Lewis Taylor

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Ejaculated sperm display markers that are indicative of apoptosis in somatic cells. The question remains as to whether sperm have operative apoptosis mechanisms. The aim of this research was to test the hypothesis that apoptosis markers in sperm and somatic cells are different.

Ejaculated human sperm from patients and donors were separated into high and low motility fractions using Percollâ„¢ gradients. Contaminating cells were removed using anti-CD45 conjugated paramagnetic beads. Fractions were divided into groups: staurosporine, anti-Fas antibody, and hydrogen peroxide treated and control. Direct enzymatic measurement of caspase activity, flow cytometric evaluation of phosphatidylserine translocation, immunoblots, and immunocytochemistry were ...