Spermatogenic effects of male-fertile translocations in the mouse

Antony G. Searle*, Kevin J. Whitehill

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Four male-fertile translocations, T(2;4)13H, T(2,8)26H, T(7;18)50H and T(1;13)70H were crossed to the inbred strains CBA/H and C57BL/6J. F1 heterozygotes were compared with wild-type litter-mates for signs of spermatogenic impairment, in view of previous reports that the C57BL strain had this effect in the T(14;15)6Ca translocation. There was a general tendency for body-weights to be slightly reduced in translocation carriers vs. wild-type. Mean testis weights were significantly reduced on the C57BL background with all four translocations as compared to wild-type, but also significantly increased in T26H on CBA. Sperm counts were also reduced on the C57BL background in T13H, T50H and T70H (significantly so in the last two) but were significantly increased in T13H on a CBA background. Only in T50H did the frequency of sperm-head abnormalities show any marked change in the translocation heterozygotes, being approximately doubled with both CBA and C57BL backgrounds although still remaining at a low level. It was concluded that the deleterious effects of C57BL strains on spermatogenesis in translocation heterozygotes were not confined to T6Ca but were probably widespread. Some inconclusive evidence suggested that this might be because some genetic factors associated with C57BL tended to reduce chiasma frequencies in translocation heterozygotes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)331-337
Number of pages7
JournalMutation Research - Fundamental and Molecular Mechanisms of Mutagenesis
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1991
Externally publishedYes


  • Inbred strains
  • Male sterility
  • Spermatogenesis
  • Testis
  • Translocations


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