Kinetics of oogenesis in mice heterozygous for Robertsonian translocations

S. Garagna, C. A. Redi, M. Zuccotti, J. Britton-Davidian, H. Winking

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The total number of oocytes at different postmating time intervals (18-40 days) was determined in mice homozygous and heterozygous for different Robertsonian (Rb) translocations, of both laboratory and feral origin. The number of oocytes was lower in heterozygous than in homozygous mice throughout the period studied. Independently of the genetic background (i.e. laboratory or feral), structural heterozygosity had a progressive detrimental effect on oocyte numbers: open, or chain diakinetic configurations had a greater detrimental effect than close, or ring, configurations. The genetic background, however, affected the ovarian constitution in terms of the total number of germ cells, which are more numerous in laboratory than in feral mice. The kinetics of oogenesis seems to be faster in feral than in laboratory mice. At the light of the data here presented, and of those already available from the literature on male and female gametogenesis in conditions of structural heterozygosity, it appears that factors other than unsaturation of pairing sites or interference with pachytene X-chromosome inactivation have to be considered. In the wild, the reduced oocyte numbers in Rb heterozygous females can contribute to the retention of isolated populations in contact zones.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-171
Number of pages5
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Developmental Biology
  • Cell Biology


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