Pre- and postnatal exposure to low-dose diesel exhaust impairs murine spermatogenesis.


We investigated whether pre- and postnatal low-dose exposure to diesel exhaust (DE) affects male reproductive function in mice. The DE concentration is less than that indicated as the environmental quality standard for suspended particulate matter (SPM) in Japan. ICR mice were exposed prenatally to low-dose diesel exhaust (0.17 mg of DE particles/m³) through the airway for 8 h/day in an exposure chamber from gestational day 2 until the examination. In the DE-exposed groups, normal sperm morphology in the epididymis was reduced (p < 0.01), and seminiferous tubules showed degenerative changes in which the number of Sertoli cells was decreased (p < 0.01). Those changes were observed at 6 and 12 weeks of age. Furthermore, ultrastructural studies revealed an increase in damaged mitochondria in Sertoli cells (p < 0.001) and variform spermatozoa. These results indicate that pre- and postnatal exposure of low-dose DE is detrimental to Sertoli cell function and may cause abnormal spermatozoa.

DOI: 10.3109/08958378.2011.610834

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@article{KuboIrie2011PreAP, title={Pre- and postnatal exposure to low-dose diesel exhaust impairs murine spermatogenesis.}, author={Miyoko Kubo-Irie and Shigeru Oshio and Yuichiro Niwata and Aki Ishihara and Isamu Sugawara and Ken Takeda}, journal={Inhalation toxicology}, year={2011}, volume={23 13}, pages={805-13} }