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Mol Reprod Dev. 2000 Sep;57(1):26-36.

Expression, immunolocalization and sperm-association of a protein derived from 24p3 gene in mouse epididymis.

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Institute of Biological Chemistry, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan.


The cDNA sequence for 24p3 protein in ICR mouse epididymal tissue was determined by PCR using primers designed according to the cDNA sequence derived from 24p3 protein in mouse uterine tissue. In the present study, 24p3 protein was immunolocalized in the epithelial cells and lumen of mouse epididymis. Both immunoblot analysis for protein and northern blot analysis for mRNA level showed a declining gradient of 24p3 expression from the caput to caudal region of the epididymis. The 24p3 protein was undetectable in the testis. These findings suggest that the 24p3 protein is a caput-initiated secretory protein in the mouse epididymis. A postnatal study revealed that 24p3 gene expression occurred in mice at the age of 14 days, before the completion of epididymal differentiation. This expression remained at a constant level until epididymal differentiation was completed. We also found that the secreted 24p3 protein interacted predominantly with the acrosome of caudal spermatozoa. Our findings suggest that the epididymal 24p3 protein is a caput-initiated and sperm-associated gene product and may be important in the reproductive system.

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