The latter was shown to decrease up to 10-fold the efficient gross velocity but surprisingly to increase around 6-fold the fertilization kinetics [116]. In this review, we explore the scientific developments thus far covering the underlying physicochemical factors responsible for sperm–egg encounters in the case of externally fertilizing fish species. Learn more. Second, the cyst-forming Sertoli cells retain their capacity to proliferate also in the adult fish. 2016). A gas, NO, was also observed to enhance motility of fathead minnow spermatozoa [65]. [40] show that small change of cell volume occurs in response to hypo-osmotic shock. Thermotaxis typically guides cells to warmer temperatures, where the cells are less prone to tumbling effects, thus achieving smoother and more linear swimming paths (Boryshpolets et al. Moreover, an analysis of the overall structure of the micropyle opening allowed to categorize three types of micropyle openings (Fig. It follows from low Reynolds number hydrodynamics that if the flagellar wave is known, for instance, from flagellar tracking algorithms of video microscopy imaging (Smith et al. In principle, this process can be divided, from a morpho-functional point of view, in three different phases: (i) the mitotic or spermatogonial phase with the different generations of spermatogonia, (ii) the meiotic phase with the primary and secondary spermatocytes, and (iii) the spermiogenic phase with the haploid spermatids emerging from meiosis and differentiating, without further proliferation, into flagellated spermatozoa. Overview. The reported initial average path velocities (~10 s post‐activation) also vary over a wide interval: from 35 μm s−1 in cyprinid Rutilus rutilus, up to 183 μm s−1 in O. mykiss and 192.0 μm s−1 in Acipenser baerii (Liao et al. As stated above, the fish eggs possess a specific site, the micropyle, that is a narrow opening inside the egg chorion that allows the spermatozoon to pass through the dense membrane and reach the ovum. The majority of the intra‐oocyte space is occupied by yolk, offering a source of nutrients for the future developing embryo (Hart 1990). 1). Spermatozoa of teleost fish are generally quiescent in the male body (i.e. This research will positively impact both commercial and endangered species and will affect the prospects for more sustainable fish production, including the standardization of gamete quality, disease control and genetic improvement; these findings will also eventually reduce the current environmental impact. 2018). The differences in the fluid composition among species could differently affect the characteristics of sperm motility, for example, cause a chemokinetic effect. 3. We are IntechOpen, the world's leading publisher of Open Access books. 2017). In particular, high levels of acid phosphatase, alkaline phosphatase and aspartate aminotransferase were found in S. maximus (45.28 ± 4.51; 13.73 ± 3.50; and 40.59 ± 1.20 μg mL−1 protein, respectively, in the early spawning season; Jia et al. 1947). Wenner‐Gren Center, Stockholm, August 1973, Chemical aspects of mass spawning in corals. 2009). In this bottom–up approach, both the shape of the flagellar beat and the sperm head trajectories are outputs of the model. In other words, the hydrodynamic friction is anisotropic and depends on the direction in which the small element of the tail is moving, unlike a sphere moving in a fluid that ‘feels’ the hydrodynamic friction in the same way regardless of the direction in which the sphere is pushed. 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Such a direct choice is hardly possible in external fertilizers because even in the species with stable pairs, the spawning pair could be accompanied by some random male (a so‐called sneaker e.g. In O. mykiss, S. namaycush, S. alpinus, and H. hucho, the alkaline phosphatase was also the most active among the investigated enzymes present in the ovarian fluid, followed by lactate dehydrogenase, 13‐d‐glucuronidase, protease and acid phosphatase, while the glucose‐6‐phosphate dehydrogenase activity and α‐glucosidase activities were completely missing (Lahnsteiner et al. External trigger agents for the initiation of motility depend on the species’ reproductive behavior that is mostly controlled by the aquatic environment (fresh or salt water). 2003; Woolley 2003; Riedel et al. The smaller the flagellum length, the lower the swimming velocity. 2007; Oriola et al. Instead, the sperm are produced in spherical structures called sperm ampullae. Spermatozoa must access, bind, and penetrate an egg, for successful fertilization. We hope that this will encourage cell biologists, sperm physiologists and experts in fish reproduction to interact more with mathematicians, physicists, engineers and computer scientists (the list is not exhaustive) for fresh and interdisciplinary collaborations. The difference between the internal osmolarity and iconicity of sperm cells and those of the aquatic medium control the activation, longevity, and velocity of sperm … Evolutionary evolved external fertilization in water entailed the appearance of a broad set of adaptations that cover the whole process from the preparation of the gametes for the existence in the external environment to the support of the development of a new organism (Fig. According to physical laws, especially microfluidics, progression of the sperm cell occurs because of the friction of the flagellum against the external milieu, water being a quite viscous fluid. Image rate is 100-fold slower than real. 2002; Bozkurt et al. 1991; Krasznai et al. We begin by discussing the spermatozoa flagellum hydrodynamics. A better understanding of this complex network is important so as to decrease the effects of possible damage (osmotic, oxidative, etc.) As PhD students, we found it difficult to access the research we needed, so we decided to create a new Open Access publisher that levels the playing field for scientists across the world. 2009a), the total hydrodynamic forces and torques can be inferred indirectly (Friedrich et al. However, our knowledge on spermatogenesis in this group is limited to a few species used in basic research and/or in aquaculture biotechnologies such as guppy, catfish, cod, eel, medaka, salmon, tilapia, trout, and zebrafish. The amount of proteins reaches a similar range in the ovarian fluid of sturgeons: 2.98 ± 0.35; 2.41 ± 0.30; and 3.57 ± 1.41 in sterlet (Acipenser ruthenus), Russian and Siberian sturgeons (Acipenser gueldenstaedtii and A. baerii) respectively (Siddique et al. Likewise, during thermotaxis, the spermatozoa are able to sense small changes in temperature, which can induce further variations in the swimming direction. A variety of mathematical models devoted to different aspects of sperm swimming behaviours have been developed to date. Imported Basa/Swai/Tra/Striped Catfish (Often Labeled “Catfish”) Although these fish are popping up as trendy new menu items all over the United States, what you’re likely getting is a fish called pangasius or swai fish, a much cheaper alternative that wholesales for around $2 per pound.. A 2016 study found 70–80 percent of pangasius samples were contaminated by … Freshwater mussels are an essential component of our rivers and streams. Indeed, a recent example within the context of sperm guidance employed a similar framework to demonstrate chemotaxis in species of sea urchin spermatozoa believed to not respond chemotactically (Ramírez‐Gómez et al. Moreover, the increase in internal pH at a constant external pH causes plasma membrane depolarization and prevents rainbow trout (O. mykiss) sperm motility (Gatti et al. 2008); this influence was attributed to the differences in the chemical composition of the ovarian fluid. Shrimp in a fish aquarium will feed on algae growing in the tank and also will clear up any leftover bits of fish food. Sodium and chloride are usually the major ions present in the ovarian fluid of most fish species. and you may need to create a new Wiley Online Library account. The organic composition of the ovarian fluid is characterized by high levels of protein, free amino acids, glucose, lactate, phospholipids and cholesterol. I. Behaviour of spermatozoa around the micropyle, Structure and function of sea urchin egg jelly molecules, The relationship between amino acid sequences of sperm‐activating peptides and the taxonomy of echinoids. Even though the ATP molecule is the most common high-energy compound used as a fuel for many cell functions, including motility [8], several other high-energy molecules are present in living cells such as creatine phosphate or arginine phosphate. May 25, 2016. Motility is induced immediately following the release of spermatozoa from the male genital tract into the aqueous environment. The contact of the released egg with aqueous solutions other than ovarian fluid also triggers a process called spontaneous activation in some fish species (e.g. The contact of fish sperm with the external milieu occurring at ejaculation leads to exposure of sperm cells to high concentration of oxygen, provoking different kinds of stress [117]. The effect of various ion concentrations was not the same. It would be a difficult task to review this wealth of advances here; thus, we direct the reader to review on the topic (Lauga & Powers 2009; Gaffney et al. Sperm movement was recorded at 18 s post-activation in 50% sea water containing bovine serum albumin (BSA at 0.5%) to prevent sticking to the glass slide. The theoretical approach described above illustrates how the motor activity deep inside the flagellum may be readily inferred from video microscopy by simply ‘observing’ how the flagellar waveform is modulated over the course of time. Several scholars have tried to elucidate the mechanism of such behaviour in cells. This could be partly confirmed by the findings made by Iwamatsu et al. Semen is the fluid released through the male urethra during ejaculation. 29 s in Salvelinus namaycush) to several minutes in acipenserids (373 s in A. dabryanus). One of the most popular models still in use was first described by Gray and Hancock (1955), the so‐called resistive‐force theory (RFT). A comparison between resistive‐force theory and slender‐body theory, Ciliary contact interactions dominate surface scattering of swimming eukaryotes, Rheotaxis facilitates upstream navigation of mammalian sperm cells, Gamete‐mediated mate choice: towards a more inclusive view of sexual selection, Potassium channels regulate hypo‐osmotic shock‐induced motility of common carp (, Effects of membrane potential on the activation mechanism of sperm, Sperm penetration and the formation of a fertilization cone in the common carp egg, The influence of ovarian fluid on the gamete physiology in the Salmonidae. Each of the outer doublets is connected to adjacent pairs of doublets by nexin links, presenting elastic properties allowing to resist the free sliding of the microtubules; nexin is a dynein regulatory protein [15]. They become motile once released into freshwater or sea water in the case of external fertilization or when ejaculated into the female genital tract during internal fertilization. These methods as well as examples of their usefulness for application to fish artificial reproduction are presented in the last part of this chapter. 2017). 2012), the Arctic charr S. alpinus (Turner & Montgomerie 2002; Urbach et al. Milt as food Gage et al. No, whales don’t have gills; instead they are born with blowholes. In teleost fish, spermatozoa generally have no acrosome (in contrast to chondrostean such as sturgeon), and the impenetrable chorion presents a micropyle that gives access to the membrane of the oocyte. 1995; Coward et al. The CASA system recently developed by Wilson-Leedy and Ingermann [108] as a plug-in to image J software freely available from NIH site ( has been tested in different species including zebrafish [109]. The main traits of the flagellar mechanics of spermatozoa and the main factors that regulate their motility have been described in details in a recent review chapter by Cosson et al. This consideration is of course adequate in the temperature limits within which the motility is possible and, in addition, it should also be recognized that a higher temperature will, to some extent, promote the recovery of macro‐energetic compounds due to the increase in reaction rates. 2017). 2010; Gaffney et al. In the case of salmonids, which do not have an oviduct and the eggs pass through the body cavity prior to spawning, there was a doubt about the ovarian nature of the fluid, and the fluid was often called coelomic. The spermatozoa of some teleosts, for example, salmonids, acquire motility due to a decrease in the K+ content and an increase or decrease in the osmolarity of the fluid surrounding the spawned spermatozoa (Morisawa 1994). Eggs of medaka (O. latipes) could be activated by some artificial stimulants, for example, sodium oleate and saponin, in the presence of calcium ions (Yamamoto 1954). Theoretical considerations lead to postulate the presence of a distribution system that ensures a constant ATP concentration at any point along the axoneme [98, 99]. 1986). Changes in the environment of fish spermatozoa impose other chemicals as well as physical constrains: temperature is controlling sperm physiology at many levels such as membrane permeation, enzymatic activities, or energetic metabolism [102]. 2017). 2011). 2014). 2010; Jikeli et al. 2015). (2013) found that hydrodynamic forces play only a secondary role in these superficial interactions and that the contact of the flagella with the walls could be the main factor. After a while, the internal ionic concentration reaches values where dynein‐ATPase activity is optimal and the motile velocity is high (Cosson 2004). 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