Ovary transplantation method resulting in high reproductive performance in mice
There are mutant and transgenic mouse strains which lack the ability to breed, but where the females have functional ovaries. Ovary transplantation is an important tool for maintaining and producing crosses with these non-breeding strains.
We have evaluated an ovary transplantation method by transplanting ovaries from females belonging to a non-reproduetive BALB/cByJ mutant mouse strain, All transplanted mice, 10 BALB/c.C57BL/6By, produced offspring and 94% of the progeny originated from the transplanted ovaries. The mean litter size and the mating period needed for productive mating to occur were similar to what is observed for corresponding control mice.