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Apoptosis leads to Testicular atrophy
Key Event Relationship Overview
AOPs Referencing Relationship
Life Stage Applicability
Key Event Relationship Description
In the mouse spermatocyte, spermatogenesis was inhibited by knockdown of Sucla2 via apoptosis (Huang). CD147 was reported to regulate apoptosis in mouse testis and spermatocyte cell line (GC-2 cells) via NFkB pathway (Wang).
Evidence Supporting this KER
Apoptosis is a basic biological phenomenon in which the cells are controlled in the atrophy of various tissues and organs through the deletion and turnover, as well as in tumor regression (Kerr JFR et al).
Uncertainties and Inconsistencies
Spermatogonial stem cell self-renewal and spermatocyte meiosis are regulated by Sertoli cell signaling, which suggests us that various pathways other than HDAC inhibition in spermatocytes or spermatogonia are involved in the spermatocyte deletion and testis atrophy/weight loss (Chen SR). It should be noted that the process of apoptosis is necessary for the meitosis of the stem cell differentiation in the testis, which remains in question for the regulation of spermatocyte deletion and testis atrophy/weight loss (Dym M).
Known modulating factors
Known Feedforward/Feedback loops influencing this KER
Domain of Applicability
Spermatogenesis was inhibited by knockdown of Sucla2 via apoptosis in the mouse spermatocyte (Mus musculus) (Huang). The suppression of microRNA-21 led to apoptosis of spermatogonial stem cell-enriched germ cell cultures and the decrease in the number of spermatogonial stem cells in mice (Mus musculus) (Niu Z et al).
Huang S et al. (2016) Knockdown of Sucla2 decreases the viability of mouse spermatocytes by inducing apoptosis through injury of the mitochondrial function of cells. Folia Histochem Cytobiol 54: 134-142
Wang C et al. (2017) CD147 regulates extrinsic apoptosis in spermatocytes by modulating NFkB signaling pathways. Oncotarget 8: 3132-3143
Kerr JFR et al. (1972) Apoptosis: a basic biological phenomenon with wide-ranging implications in tissue kinetics. Br J Cancer 26: 239-257
Niu Z et al. (2011) microRNA-21 regulates the self-renewal of mouse spermatogonial stem cells. Proc Natl Acad Sci 108: 12740-12745
Chen S and Liu Y. (2015) Regulation of spermatogonial stem cell self-renewal and spermatocyte meiosis by Sertoli cell signaling. Reproduction 149: R159-R167
Dym M. (1994) Spermatogonial stem cells of the testis. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 91: 11287-11289
De Rooij DG et al. (2001) Proliferation and differentiation of spermatogonial stem cells. Reproduction 121: 347-354
De Rooij DG. (1998) Stem cells in the testis. Int J Exp Path 79: 67-80