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Biol Reprod. 1993 Dec;49(6):1202-7.

Fertility-associated proteins in Holstein bull seminal plasma.

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Department of Dairy and Animal Science, Pennsylvania State University, University Park 16802.

Abstract

This study was undertaken to determine whether bovine seminal plasma contained protein markers associated with bull fertility, and whether these markers were of value in predicting bull fertility. Seminal plasma was obtained from 35 Holstein bulls of known fertility. Two-dimensional PAGE of seminal plasma samples indicated that two proteins (26 kDa, pI 6.2; 55 kDa, pI 4.5) predominated in higher-fertility bulls, and two proteins (16 kDa, pI 4.1; 16 kDa, pI 6.7) predominated in lower-fertility bulls. Densitometry data for these proteins in individual samples were combined for bulls grouped by fertility level. Average density of the 26-kDa protein was significantly greater in seminal plasma of high-fertility bulls, and high-fertility seminal plasma also contained more of the 55-kDa protein than that of average- and below average-fertility bulls. Below average- and low-fertility bull seminal plasma had significantly more of both 16-kDa proteins than that of average- and high-fertility bulls. A regression model was developed to predict bull fertility using the four fertility-associated protein densities. A plot of actual bull fertility versus that calculated by this model was linear and positively correlated (r = 0.89). These findings indicate that bull seminal plasma contains fertility-associated proteins that are predictive of bull fertility.

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