Degenerative action on mice and rat testes of polyspermine and its complexes with RNase A
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A significant aspermatogenic activity, ascertained by microscopic studies of seminiferous tubules and interstitial tissue, and by the observation of the entrance of immunity and fibrocytic cells in mice injected with polyspermine (PS) or polyspermine conjugated to monomeric or dimeric RNase A (PS-RNase A or PS-dimeric RNase A, respectively), was found either in mice injected or in non-injected testes. Polyspermine and its complexes with RNase A destroyed all spermatogenic and intertestitial tissue, including Leydic cells, as well as their ability to secrete testosterone. The total loss of spermatogenic activity in injected testes is irreversible because spermatogonia cells also were destroyed. PS-dimeric RNase A injected once into both testicles produced a stronger degeneration and also the interruption of testosterone secretion in comparison with the effects due to injection of mice with PS or PS-RNase A.
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