Adult male Sprague‐Dawley rats were fed daily with 25 mg/kg of gossypol acetic acid for 55 days. The examination of the testis revealed the constant integrity of the blood‐testis barrier. The earliest damage to the germinal cells appeared on the 14th day of treatment in spermatids in stage 18‐19, and consisted of mitochondrial swelling and cristae disorganization, which was manifested in an altered assembly of the mitochondrial helix and possible axonemal alterations. It appeared that the target cell was a 30–37‐day‐old spermatid that showed the first alterations 6–14 days later, when it reached stage 18. The mitochondrial and eventual axonemal damage was conserved after the migration into the epididymis, affecting 6% of the total sperm population on the 14th day of treatment and reaching the maximum (100%) on the 25th day of treatment. On the 5th day of treatment, epididymal spermatozoa revealed, moreover, the presence of other tail alterations: lack of half of the axonemal components (also in sperm with unaffected mitochondria), loss of midpiece plasma membrane, and breaking of the outer accessory fibers. The conclusion is that a direct action of gossypol on epididymal spermatozoa is superimposed on the action earlier exerted on the spermatids.

Baccetti, B., Bigliardi, E., Burrini, G., Renieri, T., Selmi, M.G. (1986). The action of Gossypol on rat germinal cells. GAMETE RESEARCH, 13(1), 1-17 [10.1002/mrd.1120130102].

The action of Gossypol on rat germinal cells

BACCETTI, B.;BIGLIARDI, E.;RENIERI, T.;SELMI, M. G.
1986-01-01

Abstract

Adult male Sprague‐Dawley rats were fed daily with 25 mg/kg of gossypol acetic acid for 55 days. The examination of the testis revealed the constant integrity of the blood‐testis barrier. The earliest damage to the germinal cells appeared on the 14th day of treatment in spermatids in stage 18‐19, and consisted of mitochondrial swelling and cristae disorganization, which was manifested in an altered assembly of the mitochondrial helix and possible axonemal alterations. It appeared that the target cell was a 30–37‐day‐old spermatid that showed the first alterations 6–14 days later, when it reached stage 18. The mitochondrial and eventual axonemal damage was conserved after the migration into the epididymis, affecting 6% of the total sperm population on the 14th day of treatment and reaching the maximum (100%) on the 25th day of treatment. On the 5th day of treatment, epididymal spermatozoa revealed, moreover, the presence of other tail alterations: lack of half of the axonemal components (also in sperm with unaffected mitochondria), loss of midpiece plasma membrane, and breaking of the outer accessory fibers. The conclusion is that a direct action of gossypol on epididymal spermatozoa is superimposed on the action earlier exerted on the spermatids.
Baccetti, B., Bigliardi, E., Burrini, G., Renieri, T., Selmi, M.G. (1986). The action of Gossypol on rat germinal cells. GAMETE RESEARCH, 13(1), 1-17 [10.1002/mrd.1120130102].
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