The influence of maternal age on the incidence of aneuploidy and polyploidy was studied, using C57Bl/6J x CBA/Ca hybrid mice, including immature females, as gamete donors. The age of the females ranged from 3.5-4 wk (immature or prepubertal), to 10-12 wk (young adults), to 24-28 wk (aged females). Ovulation was induced with gonadotrophins, and the differential condensation of paternal and maternal chromosomes was used to elucidate the origin of chromosome abnormalites in first-division metaphase plates. The results indicated a high incidence of aneuploid oocytes in immature and older female mice, as compared to young adult females. Eggs of immature female mice underwent polyspermic fertilization more often than those of young adults and older females, and the production of diploid oocytes was more frequent in immature females than in the other age groups.
|Journal||Cytogenetics and Cell Genetics|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Dec 1988|