The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from the University of Leipzig, "It has already been shown that the most abundant lipid of sperm, phosphatidylcholine (PC), is converted into lysophosphatidylcholine (LPC) under conditions of oxidative stress, and, thus, the PC/LPC ratio may be used as a measure of sperm quality. However, direct correlations between the PC/LPC ratios and certain pathologies are so far missing. We will show here for the first time (by using matrix-assisted laser desorption and ionization time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometry (MS)) that sperm from obese donors (BMI >35kg/m2) are characterized by (a) a significantly increased LPC as well as (b) an increased sphingomyelin content."
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "This does exclusively hold true for the lipid extracts of the spermatozoa but is not valid for the related seminal fluids."
For more information on this research see: Enhanced lysophosphatidylcholine and sphingomyelin contents are characteristic of spermatozoa from obese men-A MALDI mass spectrometric study. Chemistry and Physics of Lipids, 2012;165(8):861-5. (Elsevier - www.elsevier.com; Chemistry and Physics of Lipids - www.elsevier.com/wps/product/cws_home/506036)
Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting S. Pyttel, Dept. of Dermatology, Training Center of the European Academy of Andrology, University of Leipzig, Philipp-Rosenthal-Strasse 23, D-04103 Leipzig, Germany.
Keywords for this news article include: Europe, Leipzig, Germany, Obesity, Bariatrics, Lipid Research.
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