The Relationship Between Chemically-Induced Meiotic Delay and Aneuploidy in Mouse Oocytes and Zygotes

  • John B. Mailhes
  • Francesco Marchetti
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 72)


Aneuploidy is a relatively common genetic disorder that results in human morbidity and mortality. Approximately 30% of embryonic and fetal deaths and 3.45 per thousand livebirths are associated with an abnormal number of chromosomes (Hook, 1985). Unfortunately, very little is known about the etiology and mechanisms of chromosome missegregation. This situation dictates that considerable research be directed toward understanding the causes of aneuploidy. Although several hypotheses have been advanced for the etiology of aneuploidy (Bond and Chandley, 1983), there still exists a paucity of information about the direct causes and mechanisms of aneuploidy production. Without such specific knowledge, there is little hope of reducing the incidence of aneuploidy in humans. Some progress has been made. We now know that various chemicals can induce aneuploidy by interacting with certain cellular organelles, especially components of the spindle apparatus. These results have been demonstrated in various organisms and cell types both in vivo and in vitro (Dellarco et al., 1986).


Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin Harvest Time Mouse Oocyte Aneuploid Cell Meiotic Spindle 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John B. Mailhes
    • 1
  • Francesco Marchetti
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyLouisiana State University Medical CenterShreveportUSA

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