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Table 3 Analysis of testicular histology (30-, 60- and 90-day-old rats), Sertoli-cell-nucleus number (90-day-old rats) and epididymis stereology (60- and 90-day-old rats)

From: In utero protein restriction causes growth delay and alters sperm parameters in adult male rats

  HC Group SC Group
  30 days
(n = 10)
60 days
(n = 9)
90 days
(n = 9)
30 days
(n = 10)
60 days
(n = 9)
90 days
(n = 10)
Testis       
Normal tubules (%) 68.0 [63.5-70.7] 98.0 [97.0-99.0] 97.0 [96.0-98.0] 70.0 [66.0-70.0] 97.0 [97.0-99.0] 96.0 [96.0-97.0]
Sertoli cell nucleus
Number
   10.53 ± 0.13*    11.45 ± 0.13
Epididymis       
Epithelium (%)   25.6 [22.6-28.9] 11.9 [8.3-15.0]   24.7 [21.1-27.8] 12.5 [9.8-16.0]
Lumen (%)   46.4 [38.7-50.3] 72.0 [67.9-78.0]   47.6 [41.8 -52.8] 71.4 [66.0-75.9]
Interstice (%)   26.8 [23.8-35.1] 14.9 [11.8-17.9]   29.2 [23.4-33.2] 16.0 [12.2-21.1]
  1. HC group: hypoproteic chow; SC group: standard chow.
  2. Values expressed as mean ± SEM or median and interquartile intervals [Q1 - Q3]. Mann-Whitney Test. *p < 0.05