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Title: Mapping the testicular interstitial fluid proteome from normal rats.
Epworth Authors: Stephens, Andrew
Other Authors: Stanton, Peter
Foo, Caroline
Rainczuk, Adam
Condina, Mark
O'Donnell, Liza
Weidner, Wolfgang
Ishikawa, Tomomoto
Cruickshanks, Lyndsey
Smith, Lee
McLachlan, Robert
Keywords: Germ Cell
Intercellular Communication
Mass Spectrometry
Sertoli Cell
Testicular Interstitial Fluid
Sperm Production
Epworth Research Institute, Epworth Healthcare, Richmond, Victoria, Australia.
Issue Date: Jun-2016
Publisher: Wiley
Citation: Proteomics. 2016 Jun 21.
Abstract: Communication between the testicular somatic- (Sertoli, Leydig, peritubular myoid, macrophage) and germ- cell types is essential for sperm production (spermatogenesis), but the communicating factors are poorly understood. We reasoned that identification of proteins in the testicular interstitial fluid (TIF) that bathes these cells could provide a new means to explore spermatogenic function. The aim of this study was to map the proteome of TIF from normal adult rats. Low-abundance proteins in TIF were enriched using Proteominer beads, and identified by MALDI tandem mass spectrometry, recognising 276 proteins. Comparison with proteomic and genomic databases showed these proteins originated from germ cells, somatic cells (Sertoli, peritubular myoid, Leydig) and blood plasma. In silico analysis revealed homologues of >80% TIF proteins in the human plasma proteome, suggesting ready exchange between these fluids. Only 36% of TIF proteins were common with seminiferous tubule fluid that transports mature spermatids to the epididymis, indicating these two fluids are quite different. This TIF proteome provides an important new resource for the study of intercellular communication in the testis.
DOI: 10.1002/pmic.201600107
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ISSN: 1615-9861
Journal Title: Proteomics
Type: Journal Article
Affiliated Organisations: Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Clayton, Victoria, Australia.
Department of Molecular and Translational Science, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria 3800, Australia.
Bruker Pty Ltd, Preston, Victoria, Australia.
Department of Urology, Paediatric Urology and Andrology, Justus Liebig University, Giessen, Germany.
Department of Urology, Ishikawa Hospital, Himeji, Japan.
MRC Centre for Reproductive Health, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
Appears in Collections:UroRenal, Vascular

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