Potassium Current in Mature Bovine Spermatozoa
Ion channels have been assigned a pivotal importance in various sperm functions and are therefore promising targets for contraceptive development. The lack of data on channel functionality and pharmacology has hampered this goal. This is a consequence of technical problems of applying electrophysiological techniques to spermatozoa due to their small size and form. By using a laminin coating to increase adherence of spermatozoa and nystatin in the patch pipette for pore formation, we have adapted the whole-cell recording technique to study currents in mature uncapacitated bovine spermatozoa. Employing these conditions, in the head region, patched spermatozoa could be transferred into the whole-cell configuration. For the first time we document an outward rectifying current in mature bovine spermatozoa was blocked by tetraethyl ammonium (TEA) chloride. The observation of a shift in the reversal potential as a response to changes in the extracellular concentration of K+ ions allowed us to identify this current as K+ selective. This result shows that K+ channels in the head region of mature uncapacitated bovine spermatozoa can be suitably investigated using the whole-cell recording patch-clamp technique. Copyright Â© Informa Healthcare USA, Inc.
|Título según WOS:||Potassium Current in Mature Bovine Spermatozoa|
|Título según SCOPUS:||Potassium current in mature bovine spermatozoa|
|Título de la Revista:||SYSTEMS BIOLOGY IN REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE|
|Editorial:||TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC|
|Fecha de publicación:||2008|
|Página de inicio:||231|