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FACS selection of valuable mutant mouse round spermatids and strain rescue via round spermatid injection

  • Lian Zhu (a1), Wei Zhou (a2), Peng-Cheng Kong (a1), Mei-Shan Wang (a1) (a3), Yan Zhu (a4), Li-Xin Feng (a2), Xue-Jin Chen (a5) (a1) and Man-Xi Jiang (a5) (a1)...

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Round spermatid injection (ROSI) into mammalian oocytes can result in the development of viable embryos and offspring. One current limitation to this technique is the identification of suitable round spermatids. In the current paper, round spermatids were selected from testicular cells with phase contrast microscopy (PCM) and fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS), and ROSI was performed in two strains of mice. The rates of fertilization, embryonic development and offspring achieved were the same in all strains. Significantly, round spermatids selected by PCM and FACS were effectively used to rescue the infertile Pten-null mouse. The current results indicate that FACS selection of round spermatids can not only provide high-purity and viable round spermatids for use in ROSI, but also has no harmful effects on the developmental capacity of subsequently fertilized embryos. It was concluded that round spermatids selected by FACS are useful for mouse strain rederivation and rescue of infertile males; ROSI should be considered as a powerful addition to the armamentarium of assisted reproduction techniques applicable in the mouse.

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All correspondence to: Man-Xi Jiang or Xue-Jin Chen. Department of Laboratory Animal Sciences, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai 200025, China. Tel: +86 21 63846590, ext. 776539. e-mail: manxijiang@yahoo.com or chenxuejin@shsmu.edu.cn

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