The structure of synaptonemal complexes (SCs) of chromosomes of mouse primary spermatocytes were studied using electron microscopy on days 1, 10, and 36 after the completion of per os administration of drugs belonging to three groups of antibiotics: tetracyclins, macrolides, and fluoroquinolones. The antibiotics were administered to mice during ten days. At the substages of early and middle pachytene, heteromorphic SC bivalents and fragments of chromosome-core elements were detected in spermatocytes at all times studied after the administration of the antibiotics of three groups. As cells passed through the period from early to middle pachytene, the number of cells containing heteromorphic SC bivalents and the fragments of axial cores gradually decreased, which could be an indication of selection of cells with chromosomal aberrations. A high level of associations between the X chromosome and autosome bivalents (including heteromorphic ones) also favors this suggestion. A gradual decrease in the number of chromosomal aberrations was detected, as time elapsed from the completion of antibiotics administration. The study of sperm obtained from epididymises of males did not reveal significant differences in both morphology and motility of sperm between males of the control and experimental groups.
Russian Journal of Genetics – Springer Journals
Published: Oct 16, 2004
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