Sunday, March 18, 2007

The Quality of Conceptus as a Function of Father's Age

: J Urol (Paris). 1993;99(1):29-34. Links
[The quality of conceptus as a function of father's age][Article in French]
Auroux M.
Biologie de la Reproduction et du Developpement, CHU Bicetre, Le Kremlin-Bicetre.

Testicular ageing affects at the same time the individual and his lineage. In the individual, vascular, endocrine, blood testis barrier and Sertoli cells changes because of age lead a decrease of spermatozoa number and an alteration in their form and motility. These changes lead a gradual decrease of fertility. In the progeny, paternal ageing is responsible for new dominant autosomic mutations which themselves cause different malformations and perhaps for certain chromosome X linked recessive mutations. Moreover, in animal and man, paternal ageing seems responsible for a gradual lowering in the level of progeny cerebral functions. In man, very youthful age was also related to these effects. Maternal age did not appear to play a part in this event. On the whole, these results pose the problem of the optimum age for fatherhood.

PMID: 8515089 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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