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Association of α/β-Hydrolase D16B with Bovine Conception Rate and Sperm Plasma Membrane Lipid Composition

Institute of Veterinary Medicine, University of Goettingen, 37077 Goettingen, Germany
Pathology Unit, German Primate Center, Leibniz-Institute for Primate Research Goettingen, 37077 Goettingen, Germany
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University Medical Center Freiburg, 79106 Freiburg, Germany
Key Lab of Animal Genetics, Breeding and Reproduction, College of Animal Science and Technology, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070, China
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2020, 21(2), 627;
Received: 3 January 2020 / Revised: 14 January 2020 / Accepted: 15 January 2020 / Published: 17 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Molecular Regulation of Spermatozoa Function)
We have identified a Holstein sire named Tarantino who had been approved for artificial insemination that is based on normal semen characteristics (i.e., morphology, thermoresistance, motility, sperm concentration), but had no progeny after 412 first inseminations, resulting in a non-return rate (NRdev) of −29. Using whole genome association analysis and next generation sequencing, an associated nonsense variant in the α/β-hydrolase domain-containing 16B gene (ABHD16B) on bovine chromosome 13 was identified. The frequency of the mutant allele in the German Holstein population was determined to be 0.0018 in 222,645 investigated cattle specimens. The mutant allele was traced back to Whirlhill Kingpin (bornFeb. 13th, 1959) as potential founder. The expression of ABHD16B was detected by Western blotting and immunohistochemistry in testis and epididymis of control bulls. A lipidome comparison of the plasma membrane of fresh semen from carriers and controls showed significant differences in the concentration of phosphatidylcholine (PC), diacylglycerol (DAG), ceramide (Cer), sphingomyelin (SM), and phosphatidylcholine (-ether) (PC O-), indicating that ABHD16B plays a role in lipid biosynthesis. The altered lipid contents may explain the reduced fertilization ability of mutated sperms. View Full-Text
Keywords: Holstein cattle; male infertility; ABHD16B Holstein cattle; male infertility; ABHD16B
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Shan, S.; Xu, F.; Bleyer, M.; Becker, S.; Melbaum, T.; Wemheuer, W.; Hirschfeld, M.; Wacker, C.; Zhao, S.; Schütz, E.; Brenig, B. Association of α/β-Hydrolase D16B with Bovine Conception Rate and Sperm Plasma Membrane Lipid Composition. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2020, 21, 627.

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