Distinct patterns of expression of the D‐type cycling during testicular development in the mouse

S. E. Ravnik, K. Rhee, D. J. Wolgemuth

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The three D‐type cyclins have been shown to be differentially expressed in a number of isolated cell types and cell lines, suggesting distinct roles in cell cycle regulation in particular cell lineages. The testis provides unique opportunities to study genes involved in cell cycle regulation, since it contains cells in both mitosis and meiosis as well as differentiated cells with little proliferation activity. Major transcripts of 4.2 kb, 6.8 kb, and 2.3 kb were detected in the adult mouse testis by Northern hybridization analyses for cyclin D1, cyclin D2, and cyclin D3, respectively. Additional transcripts of 1.8 and 2.7 kb were detected by Northern hybridization for cycin D3 in the testis, but not in other tissues, and these transcripts were limited to germ cells. Northern and in situ hybridization analyses of normal and germ cell‐deficient testes showed the surprising result that cyclin D1 was expressed in a pattern consistent with expression in the non‐dividing Sertoli cells. Cyclin D2 levels appeared slightly enriched in germ cell‐deficient testes as compared to intact testis, but in situ hybridization analysis did not reveal any distinct cellular localization. Also surprising was the observation that cyclin D3 expression was highest in the non‐dividing, haploid, round spermatids. The possible roles of these cyclins in the events of spermatogenesis are discussed. © 1995 Wiley‐Liss, Inc.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)171-178
Number of pages8
JournalDevelopmental Genetics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1995


  • Cell cycle
  • cyclin
  • meiosis
  • spermato‐genesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Developmental Biology
  • Cell Biology


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