Multiple forms of boar acrosin and their relationship to proenzyme activation.


Further evidence is presented that the acrosomal proteinase acrosin exists as a zymogen precursor in freshly ejaculated boar spermatozoa. Autoactivation of proacrosin to acrosin takes place optimally at slightly alkaline pH and in the presence of calcium ions. Activation is considerably accelerated by catalytic amounts of trypsin or highly purified acrosin… (More)