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ELOVL2 controls the level of n-6 28:5 and 30:5 fatty acids in testis: a prerequisite for male fertility and sperm maturation in mice
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, The Wenner-Gren Institute , Physiology.
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2011 (English)In: Journal of Lipid Research, ISSN 0022-2275, E-ISSN 1539-7262, Vol. 52, no 2, 245-255 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

ELOVL2 is a member of the mammalian microsomal ELOVL fatty acid enzyme family, involved in the elongation of very long-chain fatty acids including PUFAs required for various cellular functions in mammals. Here, we used ELOVL2-ablated (Elovl2(-/-)) mice to show that the PUFAs with 24-30 carbon atoms of the ω-6 family in testis are indispensable for normal sperm formation and fertility in male mice. The lack of Elovl2 was associated with a complete arrest of spermatogenesis, with seminiferous tubules displaying only spermatogonia and primary spermatocytes without further germinal cells. Furthermore, based on acyl-CoA profiling, heterozygous Elovl2(+/-) male mice exhibited haploinsufficiency, with reduced levels of C28:5 and C30:5n-6 PUFAs, which gave rise to impaired formation and function of haploid spermatides. These new insights reveal a novel mechanism involving ELOVL2-derived PUFAs in mammals and previously unrecognized roles for C28 and C30 n-6 PUFAs in male fertility. In accordance with the function suggested for ELOVL2, the Elovl2(-/-) mice show distorted levels of serum C20 and C22 PUFAs from both the n-3 and the n-6 series. However, dietary supplementation with C22:6n-3 could not restore male fertility to Elovl2(+/-) mice, suggesting that the changes in n-6 fatty acid composition seen in the testis of the Elovl2(+/-) mice, cannot be compensated by increased C22:6n-3 content.

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2011. Vol. 52, no 2, 245-255 p.
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fatty acid elongase, omega-6, spermato­genesis
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Physiology Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-65642DOI: 10.1194/jlr.M011346ISI: 000286181400006PubMedID: 21106902OAI: diva2:464334
authorCount :8Available from: 2011-12-13 Created: 2011-12-13 Last updated: 2011-12-28Bibliographically approved

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