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Ultrastructure of mature spermatozoa of Estellarca olivacea was studied by transmission electron microscopy and its phylogenetic implications are discussed for the first time in this paper. The mature spermatozoon is composed of a head which contains a cone-shaped acrosome, a round nucleus and a tail region. The subacrosomal space is less electron dense which contains a homogeneous material. No axial rod and a basal plate were observed in subacrosomal space. No anterior invagination exists in the nucleus, but an inverted shallow V-shaped posterior invagination is visible. Nuclear lacunae could be seen clearly although the nucleus is highly condensed. Within the mid-piece of the spermatozoon there exist five spherical mitochondria while the long whip-like end portion is composed of an axoneme with the typical 9 + 2 structure. The spermatozoon of Estellarca olivacea is a product of the evolution of the reproductive system of the family Arcidae. Whether the particular acrosome, subacrosomal space, or the highly condensed nucleus might be adaptations of high fertilization rate in the particular environment of this species is discussed.

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Acta Biologica Hungarica
Authors: Xiang-Rong Xu, Fu-Qing Tan, Jun-Quan Zhu, Ting Ye, Chun-Lin Wang, Yi-Feng Zhu, Hans-Uwe Dahms, Fan Jin and Wan-Xi Yang

We used single-cell gel electrophoresis (SCGE) to detect the integrity of sperm DNA of the teleost large yellow croaker, Pseudosciaena crocea, cryopreserved with Cortland solution and a range of 5% to 30% DMSO concentrations in order to test how sperm cryopreservation affected the DNA stability of nuclei. Electrophoresis was conducted for 60 min at 130 mA and 15 V. The comet images were analyzed with software CometScore 1.5, and parameters such as comet length, tail length and percentage DNA in the tail were obtained. Then the comet rate and damage coefficient were calculated. Results demonstrated that there were no significant differences in motility, comet rate and damage coefficient between fresh sperm and cryopreserved sperm stored in 5%, 10%, 15% and 20% DMSO, while the sperm cryopreserved with 25% and 30% DMSO had a lower motility, higher comet length and damage coefficients than those of fresh sperm. There was a positive correlation between comet rate of cryopreserved sperm and the concentration of DMSO. Our results demonstrate that toxicity of the cryoprotectant is the main cause of DNA damage in cryopreserved sperm nuclei.

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