OXYGEN TENSION IN TESTES OF NORMAL AND CRYPTORCHID RATS

in Reproduction
Investigations by Moore (1924) were among the first to show degeneration of seminiferous elements of the mammalian testes during cryptorchidism. Since that time, a number of experiments have demonstrated that biochemical and metabolic changes occur in the cryptorchid testis, including changes in respiration (Tepperman, Tepperman & Dick, 1949), glucose metabolism (Free, Vera Cruz, Johnson & Gomes, 1968), lipid levels (Fleeger, Bishop, Gomes & VanDemark, 1968) and gas tensions (Cross & Silver, 1962). Alteration in blood gas tensions has been associated with testicular degeneration (Free & VanDemark, 1968; Matteo & Nahas, 1963; Waites & Setchell, 1964) suggesting that a relationship may exist between cryptorchidism, gas tensions in the testis and tubular damage. The present study was undertaken to determine the effects of short-term cryptorchidism on oxygen tension in the rat testis.

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