API

Event: 1515

Key Event Title

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spermatocyte depletion

Short name

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spermatocyte depletion

Biological Context

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Level of Biological Organization
Tissue


Organ term

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Organ term
testis


Key Event Components

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Process Object Action
spermatocyte decreased

Key Event Overview


AOPs Including This Key Event

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Stressors

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Taxonomic Applicability

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Life Stages

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Life stage Evidence
Adult Moderate

Sex Applicability

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Term Evidence
Male High

Key Event Description

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The apoptosis of the cells lead to spermatocyte depletion. Spermatocytes are differentiated from spermatogonial stem cells via random proliferation, differentiation and synchronized mitoses with several stages [Rooij, 2001]. Spermatogenesis is controlled by the cyclin D-dependent kinase inhibitors p18Ink4c and p19Ink4d [Zindy, 2001].


How It Is Measured or Detected

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The sperm-containing fluid was squeezed out of the cauda, and suspended in medium containing HEPEs buffer and bovine serum albumin, and incubated at 37C for 20 min. The number of spermatozoa was determined by hematocytometer [Zindy, 2001]. Testicular sperm counts and daily sperm production were determined by counting the total number of spermatids per testis, and divided by the testicular weight to give the results in spermatids per gram of testis [Oishi, 2001]. For the detection of apoptosis, the testes were fixed in modified Davidson fix for 48 hrs, postfixed for 24 hrs in 10% neutral buffered formalin, and embedded in paraffin. Germ cell death was visualized in testis sections by TUNEL staining [Wade, 2008]. The incidence of TUNEL-positive cells was expressed as the number of positive cells per tubule examined for one entire testis section per animal [Wade, 2008].


Domain of Applicability

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There are evidences of spermatocyte depletion.

・It has been reported that mice lacking both Ink4c and Ink4d ,cyclin D-dependent kinase inhibitors, produced few mature sperm, and the residual spermatozoa had reduced motility and decreased viability (Mus musculus) [Zindy, 2001].

・The sperm counts in the cauda epidydimis of rats exposed to butylparaben were significantly decreased (Rattus norvegicus) [Oishi, 2001].

・MAA treatment induced spermatocyte death in Sprague-Dawley rats (Rattus norvegicus) [Wade, 2008].


References

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Rooij DG. (2001) Proliferation and differentiation of spermatogonial stem cells. Reproduction 121:347-354

Zindy F et al. (2001) Control of spermatogenesis in mice by the cyclin D-dependent kinase inhibitors p18Ink4c and p19Ink4d. Mol Cell Biol 21:3244-3255

Oishi S. (2001) Effects of butylparaben on the male reproductive system in rats. Toxicol Indust Health 17:31-39

Wade MG et al. (2008) Methoxyacetic acid-induced spermatocyte death is associated with histone hyperacetylation in rats. Biol Reprod 78:822-831