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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1990 Nov 30;173(1):240-5.

Acrosin biosynthesis in meiotic and postmeiotic spermatogenic cells.

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Institute of Applied Biochemistry, University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.


It has been widely accepted that mammalian sperm acrosin is first synthesized only in the postmeiotic stages of spermatogenic cells. In this study, we carried out Northern blot analysis of RNAs prepared from purified populations of mouse spermatogenic cells. The acrosin mRNA was obviously found in meiotic pachytene spermatocytes, and the mRNA content markedly increased in postmeiotic round spermatids. Also, the acrosin mRNA in pachytene spermatocytes was functionally associated with polysomes. These results provide evidence that acrosin biosynthesis is already started in meiotic cells and continues through the early stages of spermiogenesis.

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