Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics

, Volume 27, Issue 12, pp 719–724 | Cite as

Analysis and difference of voltage-dependent anion channel mRNA in ejaculated spermatozoa from normozoospermic fertile donors and infertile patients with idiopathic asthenozoospermia

  • Bianjiang Liu
  • Peng Wang
  • Zengjun WangEmail author
  • Yuejun Jia
  • Xiaobing Niu
  • Wei Wang
  • Wei ZhangEmail author
Gamete Biology



To analyze the abundance and difference of voltage-dependent anion channel (VDAC) mRNA in ejaculated spermatozoa from normozoospermic fertile donors and infertile patients with idiopathic asthenozoospermia.


High motile and low motile spermatozoa were separated respectively from ejaculates of 36 donors and 40 patients using a discontinuous Percoll gradient centrifugation. Real-Time PCR was performed to detect mRNA abundance and difference of three VDAC subtypes between two groups with different sperm motility.


Real-Time PCR demonstrated that three VDAC mRNAs were present in mature spermatozoa. The VDAC2 mRNA level in ejaculated spermatozoa of patients was significantly higher than that of donors. No significant differences of VDAC1 and VDAC3 mRNA levels were found between two groups.


The high abundance of VDAC2 mRNA seemed to have a positive correlation with low sperm motility. The abnormal expression of VDAC might be related to male infertility with idiopathic asthenozoospermia.


Voltage-dependent anion channel mRNA Spermatozoa Asthenozoospermia 



We thank Key Laboratory of Reproductive Medicine, Institute of Toxicology, Nanjing Medical University for the technical assistance. This work was supported by the grant from National Natural Science Foundation of China (30872575).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of Reproductive Medicine, Department of UrologyThe First Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical UniversityNanjingChina
  2. 2.Human Sperm Bank, Department of UrologyThe First Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical UniversityNanjingChina

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