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Reprod Domest Anim. 2013 Jun;48(3):373-81. doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0531.2012.02159.x. Epub 2012 Aug 29.

Isolation, identification and enrichment of type a spermatogonia from the testis of chinese cross-bred buffaloes (swamp × river).

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  • 1Key Laboratory of Agricultural Animal Genetics, Breeding and Reproduction Science, Ministry of Education, Huazhong Agricultural University, China.


The proportion of type A spermatogonia in the isolated testis cells is a prerequisite for conducting experiments and the manipulation of these germ cells. Thus, this study was designed to examine the wide range of strategies for the isolation, identification and enrichment of type A spermatogonia in pre-pubertal buffalo calves (3-6 months). Histological findings revealed the presence of maximum number of type A spermatogonia at 5 months, which was further confirmed by DBA immunohistochemistry. In a newly modified strategy for the isolation of testis tissues, mincing followed by trituration and two rounds of digestion with collagenase, hyaluronidase and DNase yielded more than 95% testis cell population. Differential plating with laminin, poly-l-lysine and gelatin significantly (p < 0.05) affected the purity of type A spermatogonia. Among these extracellular matrix (ECMs) molecules, laminin and gelatin performed well and reached at a purity of 39.38 ± 1.21% and 32.15 ± 1.60%, respectively. In addition, combination of laminin and gelatin followed by Percoll centrifugation performed the best and yielded >90% type A spermatogonial purity. Moreover, viability of the cells was not affected (p > 0.05) irrespective of different enrichment methods. In conclusion, type A spermatogonia isolation and enrichment system was developed using different ECM molecules in buffaloes, which will aid in solving wide range of problems especially fertility-related problems and transgenic animal production in buffaloes.

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