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Genetic imprinting during impaired spermatogenesis.

Authors
  • Hartmann, Sonja
  • Bergmann, Martin
  • Bohle, Rainer M
  • Weidner, Wolfgang
  • Steger, Klaus
Type
Published Article
Journal
Molecular human reproduction
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2006
Volume
12
Issue
6
Pages
407–411
Identifiers
PMID: 16608903
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Disorders in genetic imprinting are discussed as potential genetic risk in assisted reproduction technology (ART), where most of the natural selection mechanisms are bypassed. As currently only limited information about genomic imprinting in disruptive spermatogenesis is available, we analysed the imprinting state of the paternally methylated gene H19 in various germ cell populations derived from seminiferous tubules exhibiting impaired spermatogenesis. Different germ cell types were isolated by laser microdissection from human testicular paraffin sections. Although the methylation state of the maternally imprinted gene SNRPN was investigated by methylation-specific PCR (M-PCR) to establish the isolation method, methylation of H19 was analysed by a single-strand conformation-based method. Contamination by somatic Sertoli cells was excluded because of Sertoli cell-specific vimentin immunohistochemistry before germ cell laser microdissection. We demonstrate correct genetic imprints for H19 even in spermatogonia selected from seminiferous tubules exhibiting spermatogenic arrest at the level of spermatogonia, providing no evidence for incorrect genomic imprinting in spermatozoa from infertile men used for ICSI.

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