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J Gerontol. 1988 May;43(3):B79-84.

Paternal age and its effects on reproduction in C57BL/6NNia mice.

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Department of Anatomy, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston.


The reproductive capabilities of 6- and 24-month-old C57BL/6NNia male mice were compared after being paired for one month with a 4-month-old proven-fertile female. All of the younger males mated, with 96% yielding a litter; only 42% of aged males mated, with 65% siring young. There were no statistical differences in the litter sizes, nor any congenital defects noted in offspring from either age group. There was no evidence of aneuploidy in 10-day-old embryos sired from males of either age group. Aged males that failed to mate had lower body weight, a lower hematocrit, hypertrophied adrenal glands and seminal vesicles, decreased fructose levels in seminal vesicle fluid, atrophied testes with fewer sperm that were less motile, lower testosterone levels, and a greater percentage of degenerating epithelium lining seminiferous tubules. The latter group of aged mice, while appearing and acting as vigorous as aged mice that had mated, may have been experiencing disease processes associated with aging which subsequently impaired reproduction.

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