Cell-cycle-dependent Colonization of Mouse Spermatogonial Stem Cells After Transplantation into Seminiferous Tubules

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Abstract

Spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs) migrate to the niche upon introduction into the seminiferous tubules of the testis of infertile animals. However, only 5–10% of the transplanted cells colonize recipient testes. In this study, we analyzed the impact of cell cycle on spermatogonial transplantation. We used fluorescent ubiquitination-based cell cycle indicator transgenic mice to examine the influence of cell cycle on SSC activity of mouse germline stem (GS) cells, a population of cultured spermatogonia enriched for SSCs. GS cells in the G1 phase are more efficient than those in the S/G2-M phase in colonizing the seminiferous tubules of adult mice. Cells in the G1 phase not only showed higher expression levels of GFRA1, a component of the GDNF self-renewal factor receptor, but also adhered more efficiently to laminin-coated plates. Furthermore, this cell cycle-dependency was not observed when cells were transplanted into immature pup recipients, which do not have the blood-testis barrier (BTB) between Sertoli cells, suggesting that cells in the G1 phase may passage through the BTB more readily than cells in the S/G2-M phase. Thus cell cycle status is an important factor in regulating SSC migration to the niche.

Journal

  • Journal of Reproduction and Development

    Journal of Reproduction and Development 60(1), 37-46, 2014

    THE SOCIETY FOR REPRODUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT

Codes

  • NII Article ID (NAID)
    130003381858
  • NII NACSIS-CAT ID (NCID)
    AA10936678
  • Text Lang
    ENG
  • ISSN
    0916-8818
  • NDL Article ID
    025304136
  • NDL Call No.
    Z54-H305
  • Data Source
    NDL  J-STAGE 
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