José Álvaro Cebrián-Pérez

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Ejaculated ram spermatozoa, freed from seminal plasma by a dextran/swim-up procedure and exposed to cold shock, were incubated with ram seminal plasma proteins and analyzed by fluorescence markers and scanning electron microscopy. Seminal plasma proteins bound to the sperm plasma membrane modified the functional characteristics of damaged spermatozoa,(More)
We have already shown that seminal plasma proteins in the ram can repair cold-shock sperm membrane damage and that the addition of seminal plasma proteins before cold-shock treatment prevents sperm membrane injury. In this study, we prove that 2 protein bands of approximately 14 (P14) and 20 (P20) kd isolated from seminal plasma are responsible for this(More)
Although the effect of semen plasma on the function of spermatozoa has been widely studied, results are contradictory. We showed that semen plasma proteins are adsorbed onto the cold-shocked ram sperm surface, and that this adsorption is able to reverse the membrane alterations induced by cold-shock. In the present study we evaluate whether the addition of(More)
The study evaluated the protective effect of seminal plasma (SP) added to freezing extender against cryopreservation injuries to boar spermatozoa. Pooled sperm-rich fractions collected from 9 fertile boars were frozen in 0.5-mL straws after being extended in a conventional freezing extender either alone or supplemented with 5% of SPs (SP1-SP4) collected(More)
The acrosome reaction is an important marker for sperm function. Because different laboratory techniques may be used to detect this exocytotic process, the objective of this study was to investigate the use of fluoresceinated lectins to assess the acrosomal status of nonpermeabilized ram spermatozoa. In addition, we used centrifugal countercurrent(More)
For successful fertilization, a functionally constituted sperm plasma membrane is necessary, and this is clearly dependent on the sperm maturation process. The latter involves a series of complex changes which result from a sequence of events occurring at different points within the epididymis. The transit time through the epididymis can be influenced by(More)
We recently demonstrated the presence of melatonin in ram seminal plasma and differences in its concentration in this fluid between the breeding and nonbreeding season. In this study, we investigate the hypothesis that in vitro treatment with melatonin affects ram sperm quality, and that this is reflected in the in vitro fertilization (IVF) results. Semen(More)
The effect of melatonin implants administered during non-breeding season in Rasa Aragonesa rams on sperm motility parameters and other reproductive traits was assessed. In a first experiment, two Rasa Aragonesa rams were implanted (with melatonin group M), remaining other two males as control group (C). Semen of each group was collected from 1 May to 23(More)
The main scope of this manuscript is to analyse the dynamics of mitochondrial activity in boar sperm subjected to 'in vitro' capacitation (IVC) and subsequent progesterone-induced 'in vitro' acrosome reaction (IVAR). This was determined after analysis of the rhythm of O(2) consumption and concomitant changes in the mitochondria activity-specific JC-1(More)
The role of seminal plasma (SP) in mammalian sperm function remains largely a matter of speculation as both inhibitory and stimulating effects have been found. Specific components of SP, particularly proteins, are adsorbed onto the surface of ejaculated sperm as they pass through the male and female reproductive tracts. These sperm coating components seem(More)