Research article - Peer-reviewed, 1998
Morphology of spermatozoa in the cauda epididymidis before and after electroejaculation and a comparison with ejaculated spermatozoa in the domestic catAxner, Eva; Ström Holst, Bodil; Linde-Forsberg, Catharina
AbstractWhen 2 ejaculates are collected by electroejaculation from the domestic cat within a period of 10 min the first ejaculate has a higher proportion of abnormal spermatozoa than the second. The reason for this difference is not known for the domestic cat, but in other species long-term epididymal storage results in a higher proportion of abnormal spermatozoa. The aims of this study were to determine the proportions of abnormal spermatozoa in the cauda epididymidis and to ascertain if electroejaculation affects this proportion. Therefore the proportions of spermatozoa in the cauda epididymidis with different morphological abnormalities were compared before and after ejaculation. In addition, the proportion of morphologically abnormal spermatozoa in the epididymis was compared with that in the ejaculate. Nine privately-owned domestic cats were anesthetized, and one testicle was surgically removed. An ejaculate was collected by electroejaculation, after which the remaining testicle was ectomized. There were no significant differences in the proportions of different sperm abnormalities between the cauda epididymidis removed before ejaculation and the one removed after ejaculation. A significantly (P=0.009) higher proportion of spermatozoa with tail abnormalities was found in the ejaculates compared with the cauda epididymides (11.1 and 1.6%, respectively), while, as expected, there was a lower proportion of spermatozoa with distal droplets in the ejaculates than in the cauda epididymides (35.1 and 75.9%, respectively). This new information contributes to the understanding of the etiology of sperm defects in the domestic cat, and is of importance when evaluating a semen sample in this species. (C) 1998 by Elsevier Science Inc.
Keywordsdomestic cat; sperm morphology; cauda epididymidis
1998, volume: 50, number: 6, pages: 973-979
Publisher: ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC
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