Alteration in testicular cell components following transiently induced ischaemia in prepubertal bulls
The aim of the present study was to evaluate transient testicular ischaemia (induced using elastrator bands) in Jersey calves on testicular morphology and development. Treatments (at 27 ± 5 days of age) consisted of control (0 h banding) and banding for 2, 4 or 8 h (n = 4 in each group). After castration (at 60 ± 5 days of age), the right testis was used for calculation of cell components per testis according to the point-counting method. Bodyweight (59.8 ± 6.2 kg) and scrotal circumference (SC) at banding (9.1 ± 0.2 cm) did not differ between groups. Fresh testis weight, scrotal temperature immediately before band removal and daily SC growth were decreased in ischaemic (4 and 8 h) testes compared with controls (P < 0.05). In addition, the number of Sertoli and Leydig cells was significantly reduced in the 8 h ischaemic treatment group (P < 0.05). Transiently induced ischaemia significantly decreased the number of germ cells in the 8 h ischaemic treatment group (13 ± 5 × 106 cells) compared with the 0, 2 and 4 h ischaemic treatment groups (38 ± 6, 32 ± 6 and 33 ± 5 × 106 cells, respectively; P < 0.05). These results suggest that transiently induced ischaemia for 8 h significantly decreases the number of germ, Sertoli and Leydig cells in prepubertal testis.
G.M. Schuenemann, S.M. Lilitha Chamindrani Mendis-Handagama, T.M. Prado, and F.N. Schrick. "Alteration in testicular cell components following transiently induced ischaemia in prepubertal bulls" Reproduction, Fertility and Development 20.7 (2008): 826-834.
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