2010 Volume 35 Issue 5 Pages 757-765
Testicular spermatogenesis was studied in 7-, 10-, 13- and 17-week-old Sprague-Dawley rats whose dams had been administered intragastrically with 2.5, 25, or 250 ng of 3,3′,4,4′,5-pentachlorobiphenyl (PCB126) or vehicle on days 13-19 of gestation. The 250 ng groups among the 7-, 10- and 13-week-old offspring showed significant inhibition of mature spermatid release (spermiation), but 17-week-old offspring did not show this. These alterations were not observed in other PCB126 and vehicle groups, and no germ cell or Sertoli cell degeneration were observed in any group. Spermiation failure at puberty appeared in those rats born to dams exposed 250 ng/kg PCB126 on days 13-19 of gestation was reversible change that recovered at adulthood. Because the serum testosterone, luteinizing hormone and follicle-stimulating hormone concentrations were similar in the PCB126 and vehicle groups, a direct endocrine cause for the observed effects was unlikely.