Molecular cloning and characterization of Izumo1 gene from bovine testis

  • Kim, Ekyune (College of Pharmacy, Catholic University of Daegu)
  • Received : 2014.12.03
  • Accepted : 2015.03.19
  • Published : 2015.04.30


A well-characterized sperm specific protein of the Member of immunoglobulin superfamily, IZUMO1, has crucial role in fertilization by mediating sperm binding to the egg plasma membrane in the mouse. However little is known about IZUMO1 in bovine. Here, we describe the molecular cloning and expression analysis of bovine IZUMO1 (bIZUMO1). RT-PCR and Western blot analysis of the bovine tissues indicated that bIZUMO1 was specifically expressed in the testis and sperm, Furthermore, the result of our biotinylation assay from ejaculated bovine sperm strongly suggest the assumption that bIZUMO1 is localized on the cell surface. These data imply the potential role of bovine IZUMO1 in mammalian fertilization.


Fertilization;Immunoglobulin;Sperm specific protein;IgSF family


Supported by : Catholic University of Daegu


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