Aspermatogenic effect of the bull seminal ribonuclease (BS RNase) in the presence of anti-BS RNase antibodies in mice. Academic Article uri icon


  • Injection of mouse scrotum with the bull seminal ribonuclease (BS RNase) isolated from bull seminal vesicle fluid inhibited spermatogenesis and caused a decrease in the weight of the testes. Long-term injection of BS RNase evoked the production of antibodies which reached the titre 524,448. These antibodies did not prevent the aspermatogenic action of BS RNase in vivo when a twofold higher amount of this enzyme was injected into mouse scrotum. Aspermatogenesis was reversible in both the first and second part of the experiment. During the period of aspermatogenesis the males were sterile. Increasing the amount of BS RNase injections in the second part of experiments caused aspermatogenesis around 3 months. No malformations were observed among offspring of males recovered from the first stage of aspermatogenesis. The antigen-antibody complex prepared in vitro and injected into testes of mice evoked the same degree of aspermatogenesis as the enzyme itself.

published proceedings

  • Anim Genet

author list (cited authors)

  • Matousek, J.

citation count

  • 18

complete list of authors

  • Matousek, J

publication date

  • June 1994