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Immunization of male bonnet monkeys (M-radiata) with a recombinant FSH receptor preparation affects testicular function and fertility

Moudgal, NR and Sairam, MR and Krishnamurthy, HN and Sridhar, S and Krishnamurthy, HR and Khan, H (1997) Immunization of male bonnet monkeys (M-radiata) with a recombinant FSH receptor preparation affects testicular function and fertility. In: Endocrinology, 138 (7). pp. 3065-3068.

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Abstract

Immunization of proven fertile adult male monkeys (n = 3) with a recombinant FSH receptor protein preparation (oFSHR-P) (representing amino acids 1-134 of the extracellular domain of the receptor Mr similar to 15KDa) resulted in production of receptor blocking antibodies. The ability of the antibody to bind a particulate FSH receptor preparation and receptors in intact granulosa cells was markedly (by 30-80%) inhibited by FSH. Serum T levels and LH receptor function following immunization remained unchanged. The immunized monkeys showed a 50% reduction (p<0.001) in transformation of spermatogonia(2C) to primary spermatocytes (4C) as determined by flow cytometry and the 4C:2C ratio showed a correlative change (R 0.81, p<0.0007) with reduction in fertility index (sperm counts X motility score). Breeding studies indicated that monkeys became infertile between 242-368 days of immunization when the fertility index was in the range of 123+/-76 to 354+/-42 (compared to a value of 1602+/-384 on day 0). As the effects observed ate near identical to that seen following immunization with FSH it is suggestive that oFSHR-P can substitute for FSH in the development of a contraceptive vaccine.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Endocrine Society
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Molecular Reproduction, Development & Genetics (formed by the merger of DBGL and CRBME)
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2009 05:55
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 05:28
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/19525

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