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Sci Data. 2018 Sep 11;5:180192. doi: 10.1038/sdata.2018.192.

Single-cell RNA sequencing of adult mouse testes.

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Institute of Human Genetics, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Schwabachanlage 10, 91054 Erlangen, Germany.


Spermatogenesis is an efficient and complex system of continuous cell differentiation. Previous studies investigating the transcriptomes of different cell populations in the testis relied either on sorting cells, cell depletion, or juvenile animals where not all stages of spermatogenesis have been completed. We present single-cell RNA sequencing (scRNA-Seq) data of 2,500 cells from the testes of two 8-week-old C57Bl/6J mice. Our dataset includes all spermatogenic stages from preleptotene to condensing spermatids as well as individual spermatogonia, Sertoli and Leydig cells. The data capture the full continuity of the meiotic and postmeiotic stages of spermatogenesis, and is thus ideally suited for marker discovery, network inference and similar analyses for which temporal ordering of differentiation processes can be exploited. Furthermore, it can serve as a reference for future studies involving single-cell RNA-Seq in mice where spermatogenesis is perturbed.

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