Identification of a
1 / 1

Identification of a Mammalian Homolog to Amphibian Allurin , a Sperm Chemoattractant - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

  • Uploaded on

Identification of a Mammalian Homolog to Amphibian Allurin , a Sperm Chemoattractant. Muscle. Kidney. Uterus. Oviduct. M.W. Ovary. M.W. Oviduct. 500. 400. 300. 200. 100. 500. Product of Interest. 400. 300. 200. 100.

I am the owner, or an agent authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of the copyrighted work described.
Download Presentation

PowerPoint Slideshow about 'Identification of a Mammalian Homolog to Amphibian Allurin , a Sperm Chemoattractant' - berenice-shannon

An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation

Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Presentation Transcript
Identification of a mammalian homolog to amphibian allurin a sperm chemoattractant

Identification of a Mammalian Homolog to Amphibian Allurin,

a Sperm Chemoattractant















Product of Interest





Zachary Harrison, Deborah D. Ricker, Ph.D., and Jeffrey P. Thompson, Ph.D.

Figure 2: Mouse sperm attracted to an ovum.

Department of Biological Sciences, York College of Pennsylvania


Figure 1: Ciliated epithelium (CE) lining the amphibian oviduct depositing allurin (red stain) on the jelly layer (J1) of an egg (Olson et al. 2001).



Pilot study completed in BIO356


RT-PCR revealed a 300bp product exclusively in the mouse oviduct (Figures 3 & 4).

  • The results of this study support the hypothesis that a sequence homologous to amphibian allurin was isolated in the oviduct of a mouse using amphibian allurin primers.

  • The sequenced product was 237bp and a BLAST comparison against the mouse genome revealed 99% homology to ubiquitin conjugating enzyme(E2K).

  • E2K uses cysteine residues to bind proteins while marking them for degradation via proteosomes (Howard et al. 2007).

  • Ubiquitin conjugating enzyme has been shown to be involved in gametogensis (Baarends et al. 1999).

  • Of the tissues tested, E2K was found solely in the mouse oviduct and has been found on the surface of in vitro fertilized eggs (Shibata et al. 2000).

  • E2K could play multiple roles in the mouse oviduct, including marking proteins for degradation.

  • E2K’s role in protein processing could aid in mouse gamete interactions similar to the role of allurin in amphibian fertilization.


Female mice

Ovary, Uterus, Oviduct,

Muscle, and Kidney

Dissected; RNA isolated

  • Chemoattractantsand their function on the molecular level are highly understood in invertebrates (Xiang et al. 2004).

  • Allurinis the first chemoattractant identified in vertebrates and is located in the oviduct and on the egg jelly (Figure 1) of Xenopuslaevis (Olson et al. 2001).

  • Allurin is a member of the cysteine rich secretory protein (CRISP) super family found primarily in the mammalian male reproductive tract.

  • Allurinis the first CRISP member to be found in any female reproductive tract.

  • Previous studies have shown mammalian follicular fluid exhibits chemoattractant behavior (Figure 2) but no specific factor has been identified.

Product of Interest

RT-PCR using amphibian primers (Olson et al., 2001)



Figure 3: Agarose gel of RT-PCR samples showing the product of interest in the mouse oviduct at 300 base pairs. No products were observed in the other tissue samples. Molecular weight standard in base pairs is also displayed (MW).

Figure 4: Oviduct PCR product from an optimized annealing temperature. This PCR product was used for ligation into pDrive Cloning Vector. Molecular weight standard in base pairs is also displayed (MW).

Gel Electrophoresis of

RT-PCR products;

Band Extraction

The 300bp product was successfully cloned into a pDrive vector (Figure 5) and used to transform E. coli (Figure 6).

Optimized PCR


of Extracted Band

Ligation of PCR product into

pDrive cloning vector





  • To explore the existence of an allurin homolog in the female mouse (Musmusculus) reproductive tract using RT-PCR primers previously used to isolate amphibian allurin.

  • To explore possible tissue-specific expression of the mouse allurin homolog.

  • To amplify and sequence any possible PCR products and compare them to amphibian allurin.

Figure 5: pDrive cloning vector used to transform E. coli. Purified PCR product was ligated at the ‘U’ sites of the plasmid and successful transformations interrupt the Placpathway.

Transformation of E. coli

  • To test mouse ubiquitin conjugating enzyme for chemoattractive activity in vitro

  • To locate E2K’s exact cellular position in the mouse oviduct using in situ hybridization

Figure 7: Electropherogram of the isolated nucleotide sequence. Sequence of interest was from point 41 thru 278. Other nucleotides are a part of the cloning vector.

Cloning Vector Purification

Figure 6: Transformed E. coli on IPTG, X-gal,andkanamycin agar plates. Successfully transformed colonies (+) are white in color whereas untransformed colonies are blue (-).

Nucleotide Sequencing;

BLAST comparison

The vector was purified from colonies and sequencing revealed homology to ubiquitin conjugating enzyme (Figure 7 & 8).


Xiang, X., Burnett, L. et al. 2004. The sperm chemoattractant “allurin” is expressed and secreted from the Xenopus oviduct in a hormone regulated manner. Developmental Biology [serial online] 275: 343-355. Available from: Science Direct.

Olson, J. H., Xiang, X., et al. 2001. Allurin, a 21-kDa sperm chemoattractant from Xenopus egg jelly, is related to mammalian sperm-binding proteins. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences [serial online] 98:11205-11210. Available from: EBSCO Host.

Howard, R., Sharma, P., Hajjar, C., et al. 2007. Ubiquitin conjugating enzymes participate in polyglutamine protein agregation. BMC Cell Biology 8: 32.

Baarends, W., Roest, H., & Grootegoed, J. 1999. The ubiquitin system in gametogenesis. Molecular and Cellular Endrocrinology 151:5-16.

Shibata, K., Itoh, M., Aizawa, K, Sumiharu, N., et al. 2000. RIKEN Integrated Sequence Analysis(RISA) System—384-Format Sequencing Pipeline with 384 Multicapillary Sequencer. Genome Res. 10:1757-1771.



Figure 8: BLAST comparison of isolated sequence (query) to mouse genome (sbjct), ubiquitin conjugating enzyme. Horizontal lines between the two sequences confirm nucleotide homology.

H1 : A sequence homologous to amphibian allurinwill be isolated in the mouse (Musmusculus) oviduct using the amphibian allurinprimers.

H0: No homologous sequences will be observed in any mouse tissue samples using the amphibian allurin primers.



I would like to thank Dr. Ricker and Dr. Thompson for their ongoing support of this project and overall guidance.