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BXSB/MpJ-Yaa mouse model of systemic autoimmune disease shows increased apoptotic germ cells in stage XII of the seminiferous epithelial cycle

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Title: BXSB/MpJ-Yaa mouse model of systemic autoimmune disease shows increased apoptotic germ cells in stage XII of the seminiferous epithelial cycle
Authors: Otani, Yuki Browse this author
Ichii, Osamu Browse this author →KAKEN DB
Masum, Abdul Browse this author
Kimura, Junpei Browse this author
Nakamura, Teppei Browse this author
Elewa, Yaser Hosny Ali Browse this author →ORCID
Kon, Yasuhiro Browse this author →KAKEN DB
Keywords: Systemic autoimmune disease
Male infertility
Issue Date: 4-Apr-2020
Publisher: Springer
Journal Title: Cell and tissue research
Volume: 381
Start Page: 203
End Page: 216
Publisher DOI: 10.1007/s00441-020-03190-0
Abstract: In mammals, the reproductive system and autoimmunity regulate mutual functions. Importantly, systemic autoimmune diseases are thought to cause male infertility but the underlying pathological mechanism remains unclear. In this study, the morpho-function of the testes in BXSB/MpJ-Yaa mice was analyzed as a representative mouse model for systemic autoimmune diseases to investigate the effect of excessive autoimmunity on spermatogenesis. At 12 and 24 weeks of age, BXSB/MpJ-Yaa mice showed splenomegaly and increased levels of serum autoantibodies, whereas no controls showed a similar autoimmune condition. In histological analysis, the enlarged lumen of the seminiferous tubules accompanied with scarce spermatozoa in the epididymal ducts were observed in some of the BXSB/MpJ-Yaa and BXSB/MpJ mice but not in C57BL/6N mice. Histoplanimetrical analysis revealed significantly increased residual bodies and apoptotic germ cells in the seminiferous tubules in BXSB/MpJ-Yaa testes without apparent inflammation. Notably, in stage XII of the seminiferous epithelial cycles, the apoptotic germ cell number was remarkably increased, showing a significant correlation with the indices of systemic autoimmune disease in BXSB/MpJ-Yaa mice. Furthermore, the Sertoli cell number was reduced at the early disease stage, which likely caused subsequent morphological changes in BXSB/MpJ-Yaa testes. Thus, our histological study revealed the altered morphologies of BXSB/MpJ-Yaa testes, which were not observed in controls and statistical analysis suggested the effects of an autoimmune condition on this phenotype, particularly the apoptosis of meiotic germ cells. BXSB/MpJ-Yaa mice were shown to be an efficient model to study the relationship between systemic autoimmune disease and the local reproductive system.
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