Basic & Clinical Medicine ›› 2023, Vol. 43 ›› Issue (4): 560-567.doi: 10.16352/j.issn.1001-6325.2023.04.0560

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Effect of Pabpc6 knockout on spermatogenesis of male mice

TANG Jielin, LIU Jun, ZOU Dingfeng, MIAO Shiying, SONG Wei, LI Kai*   

  1. National Key Laboratory of Medical Molecular Biology, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences CAMS, School of Basic Medicine PUMC, Beijing 100005, China
  • Received:2023-01-06 Revised:2023-02-15 Online:2023-04-05 Published:2023-04-03
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Abstract: Objective To investigate the role of cytoplasmic poly (A) binding protein-6 (PABPC6) in spermatogenesis of male mice. Methods The Pabpc6 in C57BL/6J mice was knocked out by CRISPR/Cas9 targeting, and the Pabpc6 was identified by PCR. Three types of mice with different genotypes of Pabpc6+/+, Pabpc6+/- and Pabpc6-/- were obtained by mating and breeding. Testis was weighed;Morphological observation and sperm counting were carried out. The mRNA and protein expression levels of Pabpc6 in different tissues were detected by real-time quantitative PCR and Western blot. Immunofluorescence and hematoxylin-eosin staining were used to observe the location of the gene and the morphological changes in the convoluted spermatic tubule of testis. Results The Pabpc6 knockout mice were successfully identified. Pabpc6 was highly expressed in testicular tissue(P<0.001). Immunofluorescence showed that Pabpc6 was mainly expressed in spermatocyte at early sperm stage. Compared with wild-type mice, knockout mice showed no significant differences in testicular shape, sperm morphology, sperm count and the morphology of convoluted spermatic ducts. Conclusions Pabpc6 is found to be highly expressed in the testis tissue of mice. Pabpc6 has no obvious effect on spermatogenesis of male mice after knockout of Pabpc6. The results indicate that the protein encoded by Pabpc6 is not necessary for spermatogenesis of mice.

Key words: spermatogenesis, PABPC6, male reproduction

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