Chinese scientists link male infertility to Zika

Updated 2016-11-23 10:35:45 Xinhua

Chinese scientists, led by Li Xiangdong and Gao Fu, revealed that the Zika virus caused male infertility in mice, indicating similar damage to humans.

The study, titled "Zika virus causes testis damage and leads to male infertility in mice," was published online by Cell, an international academic journal, on Tuesday.

The study was carried out by teams led by Li Xiangdong from China Agricultural University and Gao Fu from the Institute of Microbiology of Chinese Academy of Sciences.

The joint study shows that Zika virus can cross the blood-testes-barrier under certain conditions such as immunodeficiency, and infect the reproductive tract in male mice.

Acute inflammation of the testes was observed from eight days after infection along with decreased levels of testosterone, with symptoms persisting 16 days after infection.

At 30 days after infection, a breakdown in the morphology of the testes and disruption of the seminal vesicles can be observed, resulting in completely atrophied testes and seminal vesicles by 60 days after infection.

Li said if a human male is infected with Zika virus, under immunodeficiency or immune inhibition, for instance a person who has had organ transplantation or an AIDS patient, is also likely to have his reproductive system damaged.

Gao said, along with increasing clinical and basic studies, scientists began to realize the harm of Zika virus on human beings might be more severe than had been fathomed, and the war on Zika virus might have just set in.

Also in the News

Nicole Kidman Recalls Oscar Glory: Loneliest Time
Showbiz2016/06/16 13:58October 17 2017 13:36:18

Nicole Kidman Recalls Oscar Glory: Loneliest Time

Attending Shanghai International Film Festival, Nicole Kidman talks about her role in "Grace of Monaco".

Labor Day Travel Peak Starts
Also in the News2014/05/01 12:16October 17 2017 13:36:18

Labor Day Travel Peak Starts

Johnny Depp Delivers a Speech 'Evolve the Future' in 'Transcendence'
Also in the News2014/04/18 13:18October 17 2017 13:36:18

Johnny Depp Delivers a Speech 'Evolve the Future' in 'Transcendence'

Hollywood star Johnny Depp's speech in the upcoming new film "Transcendence" has been disclosed on Friday, April 11th.

Most Watched

News:
China World Business Sports Showbiz Audio
Video:
C4 My Chinese Life The Sound Stage China Revealed Showbiz Video Travel Video
Photos:
China World Fun Travel Entertainment Sports
Travel:
Beijing Shanghai Guangzhou
Lifestyle:
Live Music Opera & Classical Movies Traditional Shows Exhibitions
Learn Chinese:
Chinese Studio Living Chinese Everyday Chinese Just For Fun Chinese Culture Buzzwords