Tex13a optimizes sperm motility via its potential roles in mRNA turnover
mRNAs have been found to undergo substantial selective degradation during the late stages of spermiogenesis. However, the mechanisms regulating this biological process are unknown. In this report, we have identified Tex13a, a spermatid-specific gene that interacts with the CCR4–NOT complex and is implicated in the targeted degradation of mRNAs encoding particular structural components of sperm. Deletion of Tex13a led to a delayed decay of these mRNAs, lowered the levels of house-keeping genes, and ultimately lowered several key parameters associated with the control of sperm motility, such as the path velocity (VAP, average path velocity), track speed (VCL, velocity curvilinear), and rapid progression.
Li, Yinchuan, Panpan Mi, Xue Chen, Jiabao Wu, Xiaohua Liu, Yunge Tang, Jinmei Cheng, Yingying Huang, Weibing Qin, and C. Yan Cheng. 2021. "Tex13a optimizes sperm motility via its potential roles in mRNA turnover," Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology, https://doi.org/10.3389/fcell.2021.761627.