Testicular development in Brahman bulls

Pedro M. Aponte, Dirk G. De Rooij, Pedro Bastidas

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Brahman breed bulls (Bos indicus) are widely used to introduce environmental resistance traits into meat-producing herds. However, their reproductive development is slower than European breeds (Bos taurus). The objective of this study was to assess the development of the seminiferous epithelium in Brahman bulls. Twenty-three prepubertal bulls were castrated and testicular samples taken for histological processing. Light microscopic images were digitized and cells of the seminiferous epithelium were assessed. Immature Sertoli cells gradually decreased in numbers and were no longer detected after approximately 14 months of age; concurrently, the numbers of mature Sertoli cells increased from 10 to 14 months. Spermatogenesis started during the ninth month; prior to that, only gonocytes and immature Sertoli cells were observed. Type A spermatogonia, spermatocytes, round spermatids, elongated spermatids and spermatozoa were first detected at 9.5, 11, 11, 13 and 16 months of age, respectively. The delay in the onset of puberty in Brahman bulls with respect to B. taurus was attributed to a longer duration of the prepubertal period (interval from start of spermatogenesis to puberty) and a later start of spermatogenesis.

Idioma originalInglés
Páginas (desde-hasta)1440-1455
Número de páginas16
EstadoPublicada - 1 oct. 2005
Publicado de forma externa


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