Activity of phospholipases A and lysophospholipase in turkey semen and oviducal fluid

Poult Sci. 2004 Aug;83(8):1385-93. doi: 10.1093/ps/83.8.1385.


Changes in lipid composition of turkey semen have previously been reported to occur during in vitro storage and may be mediated by endogenous hydrolysis of phospholipids. To investigate the presence of phospholipases able to initiate such degradation, phospholipaseA2 (PLA2), phospholipase A1 (PLA1), and lysophospholipase (LPLase) activities were measured in turkey spermatozoa and seminal plasma. These enzymes were also measured in the oviductal fluid because they may be involved in the process prior to fertilization in the female. In spermatozoa and seminal plasma, the major PLA2 was a calcium-dependent and sodium deoxycholate (DOC) stimulated enzyme. However, calcium-independent PLA2 activities were also detected with different characteristics in spermatozoa (DOC inhibited enzyme) and seminal plasma (DOC stimulated enzyme). Additionally, PLA1 activity and high LPLase activity were present in spermatozoa and seminal plasma. In vitro storage of semen for 48 h did not affect PLA2 and LPLase activities. By contrast, PLA1 was the major phospholipase activity detected in oviductal fluid. A PLA2 activity stimulated by calcium or DOC and LPLase activity were also detected, but both were low relative to PLA1. These results showed that turkey semen had several enzymatic activities able to hydrolyze phospholipids. In addition, the phospholipase activities described here in the oviductal fluid could be involved in membrane destabilization prior to fertilization.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Body Fluids / enzymology
  • Calcium / pharmacology
  • Deoxycholic Acid / pharmacology
  • Female
  • Lysophospholipase / metabolism*
  • Male
  • Oviducts / enzymology*
  • Phospholipases A / metabolism*
  • Phospholipases A1
  • Phospholipases A2
  • Semen / enzymology*
  • Spermatozoa / enzymology
  • Turkeys*


  • Deoxycholic Acid
  • Phospholipases A
  • Phospholipases A1
  • Phospholipases A2
  • Lysophospholipase
  • Calcium