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Pathology. 2000 Nov;32(4):258-61.

Localisation of clusterin in normal human sperm by immunogold electron microscopy.

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University of Melbourne, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, The Royal Women's Hospital, Carlton, Victoria, Australia.


In the human male reproductive tract, two forms of clusterin have been detected: the conventional heterodimeric form and a novel acrosomal form. On human sperm the novel form of clusterin is present in the acrosomal region of acrosome intact sperm only. The aim of this study was to determine the site of localisation of the acrosomal form of clusterin using immunogold electron microscopy on normal human sperm. Using the E5 anticlusterin mAb and a preembedding technique, acrosomal clusterin was localised in the acrosomal contents. Immunogold particles were detected on ethanol fixed spermatozoa that were subjected to Triton X-100 permeabilisation treatment. These sperm had lost their plasmalemma and outer acrosomal membrane. Specific immunogold labeling was present over the surface mainly of the acrosomal contents exposed by the loss of the plasma-lemma and outer acrosomal membrane. Immunogold particles were also detected in the equatorial segment of the sperm. These data confirm that the acrosomal form of clusterin is associated with the contents of the acrosome.

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