Quantitative evaluation of radiation-induced changes in sperm morphology and chromatin distribution
Sperm head cytometry provides a useful assay for the detection of radiation induced damage in mouse germ cells. Exposure of the gonads to radiation is long known to lead to an increase of diploid and higher polyploid sperm and of sperm with head shape abnormalities. In the pilot studies reported here quantitative analysis of the total DNA content, the morphology, and the chromatin distribution of mouse sperm was performed. The goal was to evaluate the discriminative power of features derived by high resolution image cytometry in distinguishing sperm of control and irradiated mice. Results suggest that besides the induction of the above mentioned variations in DNA content and shape of sperm head, changes of the nonhomogeneous chromatin distribution within the sperm may also be used to quantify the radiation effect on sperm cells. Whereas the chromatin distribution features show bigger variations for sperm 21 days after exposure (dpr), the shape parameters seem to be more important to discriminate sperm 35 dpr. This may be explained by differentiation processes which take place in different stages during mouse spermatogenesis.
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 14910 EN (1993) 36 pp., FS, ECU 7
ISBN: ISBN 92-826-6449-X
Record Number: 199311417 / Last updated on: 1994-11-28
Original language: en
Available languages: en