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Open Access Differences in Spermatogenesis in Cryptorchid Testes among Various Strains of Mice

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The purpose of the study reported here was to define strain differences in spermatogenesis in cryptorchid testes in mice. Mice of strains A/J, BALB/c, CBA/N, C3H/He, C57BL/6 (B6), ddY and ICR were found to be sensitive to heat stress attributable to experimentally induced cryptorchidism. In contrast, mice of strains AKR/N (AKR), MRL/MpJ-+/+ (M+) and MRL/MpJ-lpr/lpr (lpr) were resistant to heat stress. Relative increases of apoptotic cells were detected in the sensitive group, but not in the resistant group. A decrease of proliferating cell nuclear antigen-immunoreactive cells after experimentally induced cryptorchidism was observed only in the sensitive group. These results suggested that heat stress-resistant germ cells were present in MRL and AKR strains, possibly originating from the genetic background.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Laboratory of Experimental Animal Science, Hokkaido University, Sapporo 060-0818, Japan 2: Anatomy, Graduate School of Veterinary Medicine, Hokkaido University, Sapporo 060-0818, Japan 3: Department of Veterinary Radiology, School of Veterinary Medicine, Rakuno Gakuen University, Ebetsu, Japan

Publication date: 2004-04-01

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  • Comparative Medicine (CM), an international journal of comparative and experimental medicine, is the leading English-language publication in the field and is ranked by the Science Citation Index in the upper third of all scientific journals. The mission of CM is to disseminate high-quality, peer-reviewed information that expands biomedical knowledge and promotes human and animal health through the study of laboratory animal disease, animal models of disease, and basic biologic mechanisms related to disease in people and animals.

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