Objective: To report a more quantitative approach to study the influence of varying levels of sperm DNA damage on transgenerational changes in genomic instability in a mouse model. Design: Experimental prospective study. Setting: Embryology research laboratory. Animal(s): Swiss albino mice. Intervention(s): The sperm DNA damage was induced by different doses of γ-irradiation to male mice followed by mating with healthy female mice. Main Outcome Measure(s): Genomic integrity in embryos, fetus, and spermatozoa of F1 mice derived from the DNA-damaged sperm. Result(s): The transgenerational changes in genetic integrity were attributed by a dose-dependent increase in the frequency of micronuclei in preimplantation embryos and a concomitant increase in genomic instability in fetal liver cells and sperm chromatin modifications in F1 males. A strong positive correlation was observed between the extent of sperm DNA damage and somatic and germ-line genomic instability. Conclusion(s): Sperm-mediated transgenerational genomic instability is dependent on the amount of DNA damage present in the sire's sperm at the time of fertilization.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Reproductive Medicine
- Obstetrics and Gynaecology