Disruption of protein phosphatase 1 complexes with the use of bioportides as a novel approach to target sperm motility

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      To design protein phosphatase 1 (PP1)–disrupting peptides covalently coupled to inert cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs) as sychnologically organized bioportide constructs as a strategy to modulate sperm motility.


      Experimental study.


      Academic research laboratory.


      Normozoospermic men providing samples for routine analysis and Holstein Frisian bulls.



      Main Outcome Measure(s)

      Effect of the bioportides on the activity and interactions of PP1γ2—a PP1 isoform expressed exclusively in testicular germ cells and sperm—and on sperm vitality and motility.


      PP1-disrupting peptides were designed based on the sequences from: 1) a sperm-specific PP1 interactor (A kinase anchor protein 4); and 2) a PP1 inhibitor (protein phosphatase inhibitor 2). Those sequences were covalently coupled to inert CPPs as bioportide constructs, which were successfully delivered to the flagellum of sperm cells to induce a marked impact on PP1γ2 activity and sperm motility. Molecular modeling studies further facilitated the identification of an optimized PP1-binding sequence and enabled the development of a modified stop-sperm bioportide with reduced size and increased potency of action. In addition, a bioportide mimetic of the unique 22-amino acid C-terminus of PP1γ2 accumulated within spermatozoa to significantly reduce sperm motility and further define the PP1γ2-specific interactome.


      These investigations demonstrate the utility of CPPs to deliver peptide sequences that target unique protein-protein interactions in spermatozoa to achieve a significant impact upon spermatozoa motility, a key prognostic indicator of male fertility.
      Disrupción de los complejos de la proteína fosfatasa 1 mediante el uso de biotransportadores como un nuevo enfoque para actuar sobre la motilidad espermática.


      Diseñar péptidos perturbadores de la proteína fosfatasa 1 (PP1) acoplados covalentemente a péptidos inertes de penetración celular (CPP) como construcciones biotransportadoras como una estrategia para modular la motilidad espermática.


      Estudio experimental.


      Laboratorio académico de investigación.


      Hombres normozoospérmicos que proporcionan muestras para análisis de rutina y toros frisones Holstein.



      Medida(s) de resultado principal(es)

      Efecto de los biotransportadores en la actividad e interacciones de las isoformas PP1γ2-a PP1 expresadas exclusivamente en las células germinales testiculares y el esperma, y sobre la vitalidad y la movilidad del esperma.


      Los péptidos disruptores PP1 fueron diseñados en base a las secuencias de: 1) un interactor PP1 específico de los espermatozoides (una proteína de anclaje kinasa A tipo 4); y 2) un inhibidor de PP1 (inhibidor de la fosfatasa proteica 2). Esas secuencias fueron acopladas covalentemente a CPPs inertes como construcciones biotransportadoras, que llegaron con éxito al flagelo de los espermatozoides para inducir un marcado impacto en la actividad PP1γ2 y la motilidad espermática. Los estudios de modelización molecular facilitaron aún más la identificación de una secuencia optimizada de unión de PP1y permitió el desarrollo de un biotransportador espermático modificado con un tamaño reducido y una mayor potencia de acción. Además, el biotransportador mimético del aminoácido 22 C terminal de la isoforma PP1γ2 acumulado en los espermatozoides, reduce significativamente la motilidad espermática y define con más detalle el interactoma específico de la PPγ2.


      Estas investigaciones demuestran la utilidad de las CPP para obtener secuencias de péptidos que se dirigen a interacciones proteína- proteína en los espermatozoides para lograr un impacto significativo en la motilidadespermática, un indicador pronóstico clave de la fertilidad masculina.

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