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The possibility of modifying the genome in mice has led to an exponential increase in the number of strains that have been developed for biomedical research. This will continue during the next few decades because international programmes plan to develop genetically-modified strains for every known mouse gene. Due to our own experiences and that of colleagues we know that the reproductive performance of many of these modified stains is impeded, despite that the modification is independent from genes that control reproduction. In some cases the spermatogenesis might be disturbed. The reason presumably lies in a defective endocrine function of the testes. This can cause reduced and/or abnormal sperm production. In livestock as well as in humans these disorders can be treated with gonadotropins. One treatment period lasts for the duration of spermatogenesis of the respective species. Up to now, nothing is known about such treatments in laboratory mice to restore or increase reproduction of genetically-modified strains. Spermatogenesis in the mouse lasts approximately 35 days. Therefore, we treated sexually mature male mice of C57BL/6 and BALB/c strains with gonadotropins for this period. The aim of this study was to test the principle suitability of such treatment for the improvement of sperm count, sperm motility, fertilization ability and reproduction.


S Glage, I Wittur, C Elfers, H J Hedrich, M Dorsch. Treatment of male mice with gonadotropins to improve the fertilization rate and reproduction. Laboratory animals. 2013 Jan;47(1):26-30

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