Male Infertility, Impaired Sperm Motility, and Hydrocephalus in Mice Deficient in Sperm-Associated Antigen 6

Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Temple University, Filadelfia, Pennsylvania, United States
Molecular and Cellular Biology (Impact Factor: 4.78). 10/2002; 22(17):6298-305. DOI: 10.1128/MCB.22.17.6298-6305.2002
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Gene targeting was used to create mice lacking sperm-associated antigen 6 (Spag6), the murine orthologue of Chlamydomonas PF16, an axonemal protein containing eight armadillo repeats predicted to be important for flagellar motility and stability
of the axoneme central apparatus. Within 8 weeks of birth, approximately 50% of Spag6-deficient animals died with hydrocephalus.
Spag6-deficient males surviving to maturity were infertile. Their sperm had marked motility defects and was morphologically
abnormal with frequent loss of the sperm head and disorganization of flagellar structures, including loss of the central pair
of microtubules and disorganization of the outer dense fibers and fibrous sheath. We conclude that Spag6 is essential for
sperm flagellar motility and that it is important for the maintenance of the structural integrity of mature sperm. The occurrence
of hydrocephalus in the mutant mice also implicates Spag6 in the motility of ependymal cilia.

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    • "As a result, most models rely on genetic manipulation. Some studies utilize mutant animals lacking either cilia (Banizs et al., 2005; Chen et al., 1998; Sapiro et al., 2002) or have cilia with reduced motility (Ibanez-Tallon et al., 2004; Torikata et al., 1991). A study evaluating Tg737Orpk mice, which have a hypomorphic allele of Polaris that is an essential protein for ciliogenesis, showed that ciliary movement not only helps maintain CSF flow, but also directs tangential migration of neuroblasts born in the SVZ toward the olfactory bulb in mice with congenital hydrocephalus (Sawamoto et al., 2006). "
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