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Open Access Karyomegaly and Intranuclear Inclusions in the Renal Tubules of Sentinel ICR Mice (Mus musculus)

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Among 585 sentinel ICR mice (Mus musculus), 8 (7 female, 1 male) had unusual microscopic lesions in the kidney. Light microscopy revealed occasional tubular epithelial cells with large, karyomegalic nuclei that contained intranuclear inclusions and marginated chromatin. These cells were randomly present in the cortex and medulla but were more prominent near the corticomedullary junction. Rare pyknotic cells and mild interstitial infiltrates of lymphocytes and plasma cells were associated with occasional foci of abnormal cells. Electron microscopy performed on 2 (1 female, 1 male) of the mice demonstrated intranuclear inclusions composed of abundant flocculent, electron-lucent material. No viral particles or other pathogens were identified. General health monitoring that included serology, microbiology, parasitology, necropsy, and histopathology was negative for pathogens. Polymerase chain reaction-based testing for polyomavirus and immunohistochemistry for adenovirus were performed on 5 of the 7 female mice; all were negative for both viruses. In light of microscopy findings and the lack of evidence for an infectious agent, the tubular lesions were considered degenerative changes, possibly due to a toxic insult. The cause and significance of the findings in these mice cannot be explained fully.

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Publication date: 01 October 2006

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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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