Journal article

Morphometric study of the gubernaculum in male estrogen receptor mutant mice

KM Donaldson, SYC Tong, T Washburn, DB Lubahn, EM Eddy, JM Hutson, KS Korach

JOURNAL OF ANDROLOGY | AMER SOC ANDROLOGY, INC | Published : 1996

Abstract

To determine role of estrogen receptors in testicular descent, a morphometric study of the testis and structures derived from the gubernaculum was made in sexually mature male mice having an estrogen receptor disrupted gene mutation (ERKO). Macroscopic dissections and sagittal serial sections were made of the pelvis of four wild-type mice, four mice heterozygous for the ERKO mutation, and four homozygous ERKO males. By external morphological examination the testes appeared to be descended in all three genotypes. All mice had development of a cremaster sac, which is derived from the gubernaculum, but this was twice as large in wild-type mice than in both the heterozygote or homozygote ERKO gr..

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