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Poult Sci. 2013 Jul;92(7):1916-20. doi: 10.3382/ps.2013-03057.

Growth of subcutaneous chicken testicular transplants.

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  • 1Agassiz Research Center, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Agassiz, British Columbia, Canada.


Avian genetic resources have declined dramatically over the past half century, partly because the poultry community has been slow to adopt cryoconservation of avian germplasm. Techniques for gonadal cryopreservation and functional recovery have recently been developed but only some have been optimized. Chicks were castrated at 2 or 6 d and testicles were autotransplanted subcutaneously in one piece after disruption of the tunica membranes to optimize transplantation procedures without the complication of tissue rejection or immunosuppression. At 22 wk of age, the roosters were euthanized and growth of the testicular tissue was evaluated. Mortality with castration at 2 d was high but was much reduced with castration at 6 d. Transplantation of whole testicles subcutaneously on the back of chicks, without complete removal of the tunica membranes, yielded good growth of tissue with transplantation at 2 or 6 d of age. These results will contribute to the use of testicular cryopreservation and transplantation as an effective conservation strategy for avian germplasm. Further definition of the age of treatment will improve the overall efficiency.

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