Relationship between apoptotic markers in semen from fertile men and demographic, hormonal and seminal characteristics

Tidsskriftartikel - 2012

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Apoptosis in the testis has two putative roles during normal spermatogenesis; limitation of the germ cell population to numbers that can be supported by the Sertoli cells, and, possibly, selective depletion of meiotic and postmeiotic abnormal germ cells. We investigated the demographic and biological correlates of the pro-apoptotic marker Fas and the anti-apoptotic marker Bcl-xL in sperm cells of fertile men. Six hundred and four men from Greenland, Poland and Ukraine were consecutively enrolled during their pregnant wife's antenatal visits. Semen analysis was performed as recommended by the World Health Organization. Immunofluorescence coupled to flow cytometry was utilized for detection of apoptotic markers in the sperm cell. DNA damage was assessed by flow cytometry using both the sperm chromatin structure assay (SCSA) and the terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase dUTP nick end labelling (TUNEL) assay. The percentage of Fas-positive sperm cells was higher in men with high total sperm count (P

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Specht IO, Spanò M, Hougaard KS, Manicardi G, Bizzaro D, Toft G, Giwercman A, Bonde J. Relationship between apoptotic markers in semen from fertile men and demographic, hormonal and seminal characteristics. Asian Journal of Andrology 2012;14(6):890-896.
doi: 10.1038/aja.2012.76

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