A cDNA library prepared from mRNA extracted from immature male gonads of the bivalve mollusc Ensis minor (razor shell) was probed with a 133-bp reverse-transcriptase PCR product corresponding to a segment of the sperm protein EM6 [Giancotti, V., Russo, E., Gasparini, M., Serrano, D., Del Piero, D., Thorne, A. W., Cary, P.D. & Crane-Robinson, C. (1993) Eur. J. Biochem. 136, 509-516]. A single 1.5-kb clone was found to encode both sperm proteins EM1 and EM6. Mass spectrometry was used to define the C-terminus of EM1, and since the N-terminus of EM6 is known from Edman degradation, this showed that the pentapeptide NTNNS must be lost on proteolytic processing. Both EM1 and EM6 contain highly repeated amino acid sequences, suggestive of extended structures. EM1 contains seven tandem repeats of the dipeptide S(K/R), followed by six potential cdc2 phosphorylation sites and seven repeats of the octapeptide KRSASKKR, with occasional K/R substitutions. EM6 contains a globular domain preceded by 17 almost identical uninterupted tandem repeats of the motif KKRSXSRKRSAS, where X is charged. Its C-terminus contains 15 short basic clusters. Assignment of EM1 and EM6 to the established categories of molluscan sperm proteins [PLI, PLII, PLIII, PLIV; Ausio, J. (1992) Mol. Cell. Biochem. 115, 163-172] is discussed.

A precursor-product relationship in molluscan sperm proteins from Ensis minor.

BANDIERA, Antonella;MANFIOLETTI, GUIDALBERTO;RUSTIGHI, ALESSANDRA;GIANCOTTI, VINCENZO;
1995

Abstract

A cDNA library prepared from mRNA extracted from immature male gonads of the bivalve mollusc Ensis minor (razor shell) was probed with a 133-bp reverse-transcriptase PCR product corresponding to a segment of the sperm protein EM6 [Giancotti, V., Russo, E., Gasparini, M., Serrano, D., Del Piero, D., Thorne, A. W., Cary, P.D. & Crane-Robinson, C. (1993) Eur. J. Biochem. 136, 509-516]. A single 1.5-kb clone was found to encode both sperm proteins EM1 and EM6. Mass spectrometry was used to define the C-terminus of EM1, and since the N-terminus of EM6 is known from Edman degradation, this showed that the pentapeptide NTNNS must be lost on proteolytic processing. Both EM1 and EM6 contain highly repeated amino acid sequences, suggestive of extended structures. EM1 contains seven tandem repeats of the dipeptide S(K/R), followed by six potential cdc2 phosphorylation sites and seven repeats of the octapeptide KRSASKKR, with occasional K/R substitutions. EM6 contains a globular domain preceded by 17 almost identical uninterupted tandem repeats of the motif KKRSXSRKRSAS, where X is charged. Its C-terminus contains 15 short basic clusters. Assignment of EM1 and EM6 to the established categories of molluscan sperm proteins [PLI, PLII, PLIII, PLIV; Ausio, J. (1992) Mol. Cell. Biochem. 115, 163-172] is discussed.
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