Fertility of Y(TIR).B6 Sex-Reversal Females With XX Orthotopic Ovarian Transplants

Biol Reprod. 1999 Dec;61(6):1426-30. doi: 10.1095/biolreprod61.6.1426.


When the Y chromosome of Mus musculus domesticus (Y(TIR)) was introduced onto the C57BL/6J (B6) mouse background, testis development was impaired and half of the XY progeny (Y(TIR).B6) developed a female phenotype. Y(TIR).B6 fetal ovaries showed massive death of medullary oocytes and, after birth, produced abnormal levels of steroid hormones, exhibited irregular estrous cycles, and failed to become fertile. In this study we examined whether alterations during perinatal development observed in Y(TIR).B6 ovaries permanently impaired the establishment of the hypothalamus-pituitary-ovary axis (HPOa). B6 fetal and postnatal ovaries at different stages (fetal, infantile, or adult) were transplanted orthotopically (to the ovarian bursa) to either ovariectomized B6 normal females or Y(TIR).B6 sex-reversal females. Percentage of pregnancy, litter size, and capacity to feed pups were recorded. Reciprocally, XY(TIR).B6 ovaries were orthotopically transplanted into B6 females. After crossing with fertile males, several Y(TIR).B6 sex-reversal females with B6 ovarian transplants at all ages became pregnant, had offspring, and fed their pups. On the other hand, none of the B6 female hosts with XY(TIR) ovaries became pregnant. Results demonstrated that Y(TIR).B6 sex-reversal females maintain a functional HPOa and that their failure to reproduce is primarily due to an ovarian defect.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Death
  • Disorders of Sex Development
  • Female
  • Fertility*
  • Infertility, Female / genetics*
  • Infertility, Female / surgery
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Ovary / anatomy & histology
  • Ovary / growth & development
  • Ovary / transplantation*
  • Phenotype
  • Pregnancy
  • Y Chromosome*