Accelerated aging of reproductive capacity in male rat offspring of protein-restricted mothers is associated with increased testicular and sperm oxidative stress

Guadalupe L. Rodríguez-González, Luis A. Reyes-Castro, Claudia C. Vega, Lourdes Boeck, Carlos Ibáñez, Peter W. Nathanielsz, Fernando Larrea, Elena Zambrano

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Abstract

Maternal protein restriction (MPR) in pregnancy causes life course organ dysfunction, but few studies link the developmental origins of disease hypothesis to early aging. Suboptimal developmental nutrition increases oxidative stress (OS) and male infertility, damaging sperm function. We hypothesized that MPR in pregnancy accelerates age-related changes in testicular and sperm function related to both maternal diet and increased testicular OS in rat offspring. We studied male rats whose pregnant mothers ate either control (C, 20 % casein) or restricted (R, 10 % casein) isocaloric diet. After birth, mothers and offspring ate C diet. Testes were retrieved at 19 days gestation and across the life course (postnatal day (PND) 21, 36, 110, and 850) to measure OS markers, antioxidant enzymes, serum FSH, LH, and testosterone, and PND 110 sperm OS and quality. Fertility rate was evaluated at PND 110, 450, and 850. Offspring showed age- and MPR-related changes in testosterone, testicular OS markers and antioxidant enzymes and fertility, and maternal diet-related OS and sperm antioxidant enzyme changes. Developmental programming is considered a key factor in predisposing to chronic disease. Our data show that programming also plays an important role in aging trajectory. This interaction is a little studied area in aging biology that merits more investigation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number9721
JournalAGE
Volume36
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 21 2014

Keywords

  • Aging
  • Developmental programming
  • Fertility
  • Maternal nutrition
  • Sperm
  • Testosterone

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aging
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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