Concentration, Activity and Biochemical Characterization of Myeloperoxidase in Fresh and Post-Thaw Equine Semen and their Implication on Freezability

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  • J Ponthier,

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    1. Equine Clinic, Veterinary Medicine Faculty, ULg University of Liège, Liège, Belgium
    2. LINALUX-MLS, Centre Européen du Cheval, Vielsalm, Belgium
    • Author's address (for correspondence): Jérôme Ponthier, Equine Clinic – ULg – FMV, B41, 20, Boulevard de Colonster, B-4000 Liège, Belgium. E-mail: Jerome.Ponthier@ulg.ac.be

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  • T Franck,

    1. Center for Oxygen Research and Development (CORD), ULg University of Liège, Liège, Belgium
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  • S Parrilla-Hernandez,

    1. Equine Clinic, Veterinary Medicine Faculty, ULg University of Liège, Liège, Belgium
    2. LINALUX-MLS, Centre Européen du Cheval, Vielsalm, Belgium
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  • A Niesten,

    1. Center for Oxygen Research and Development (CORD), ULg University of Liège, Liège, Belgium
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  • G de la Rebiere,

    1. Equine Clinic, Veterinary Medicine Faculty, ULg University of Liège, Liège, Belgium
    2. Center for Oxygen Research and Development (CORD), ULg University of Liège, Liège, Belgium
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  • D Serteyn,

    1. Equine Clinic, Veterinary Medicine Faculty, ULg University of Liège, Liège, Belgium
    2. LINALUX-MLS, Centre Européen du Cheval, Vielsalm, Belgium
    3. Center for Oxygen Research and Development (CORD), ULg University of Liège, Liège, Belgium
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  • S Deleuze

    1. Equine Clinic, Veterinary Medicine Faculty, ULg University of Liège, Liège, Belgium
    2. LINALUX-MLS, Centre Européen du Cheval, Vielsalm, Belgium
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Contents

Myeloperoxidase (MPO) is a pro-oxidant enzyme associated with decreased motility in thawed equine semen. This study aimed to describe MPO concentration, activity and subunits in raw and thawed semen and to correlate these data with motilities in raw and thawed semen. Semen samples from five stallions were collected four times. Motilities were assessed in raw and thawed semen. MPO assays were performed in raw seminal plasma, raw sperm-rich pellet and thawed semen. Total and active MPO concentrations were, respectively, assayed by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and specific immunological extraction followed by enzymatic detection. MPO subunits present in semen were characterized by Western blot. Purified active MPO was added in saline solution and freezing extender to control its activity during freezing procedure. Differences between medians were determined using Kruskal–Wallis test, and correlations were determined using Spearman's test for nonparametric data. Active MPO concentration was low in seminal plasma and thawed semen, but high in pellet (p = 0.0058), as the opposite relation was observed for total MPO concentration (p < 0.0001). In seminal plasma and post-thaw semen, inactive 86-kDa MPO precursor was mainly observed. Purified MPO activity was decreased in the extender (p = 0.0286). MPO activity in pellet was highly correlated with thawed progressive motility (r = −0.5576, p = 0.0086). Inactive MPO precursor and unknown low molecular weight inactive MPO precursor subunits explain low MPO activity in semen. Major MPO activity was observed in pellet, and post-thaw loss of activity is partially explained by MPO inactivation in extender. Thawed semen motility was negatively correlated with MPO activity in pellet, becoming a potential freezability predictor.

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