Fluorescent in-situ hybridization (FISH) of decondensed sperm nuclei has been used directly to evaluate the enrichment efficiency of human sperm separation using Sephadex gel filtration and human serum albumin (HSA) gradients. Control and processed spermatozoa were fixed and their nuclei decondensed. In-situ hybridization was carried out with a Y-specific DNA probe (DYZ1). Sephadex filtration yielded 52.5% Y-chromosome-bearing spermatozoa, HSA separation resulted in 49.4% Y-chromosome-bearing spermatozoa and in the untreated control sample the percentage of Y spermatozoa was 49.3%. Statistical analysis revealed no significant differences between the selection methods employed and the controls, and no real enrichment for X-or Y-bearing spermatozoa was detected for any of the selection methods assayed. The usefulness of the protocols reported for selection of spermatozoa by sex chromosome in couples at risk for X-linked diseases is discussed. © 1993 Oxford University Press.
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 1993|
- Decondensed spermatozoa
- Fluorescent in-situ hybridization
- Sex selection