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  • Stages 1–8 of the seminiferous epithelium cycle based on the tubular morphology system. Stage 1 (a) shows pachytene primary spermatocytes (P) leptotene spermatocytes (L), round spermatids (R), and Sertoli cells (S). Stage 2 (b) presents type A spermatogonia (A), zygotene spermatocytes (Z), pachytene spermatocytes (P), and elongating spermatids (E). Stage 3 (c) contains type A spermatogonia (A), zygotene spermatocytes (Z), diplotene spermatocytes (D), elongate spermatids (E), and Sertoli cells (S). Stage 4 (d) shows predominantly cells in the pachytene phase of meiosis (P), meiotic figures (M), secondary spermatocytes (II), elongate spermatids (E), and Sertoli cells (S). Stage 5 (e) contains type A spermatogonia (A), pachytene spermatocytes (P), newly formed round spermatids (R), elongate spermatids (E), and Sertoli cells (S). Stage 6 (f) presents intermediate spermatogonia (In), pachytene spermatocytes (P), round spermatids (R), elongate spermatids (E), and Sertoli cells (S). Stage 7 (g) shows type B spermatogonia (B), pachytene spermatocytes (P), round spermatids (R), elongate spermatids (E), Sertoli cells (S), and residual bodies (Rb). Stage 8 (h) shows pachytene spermatocytes (P), round spermatids (R), elongate spermatids (E), Sertoli cells (S), and residual bodies (Rb). The bar present in all panels represents 20 μm
  • Galectin 1 expression in the developing testis. In situ hybridisation of testis sections with 35S-labelled antisense probes and Toluidine Blue counterstaining (A,C-N), or anti-galectin 1 alkaline phosphatase immunohistochemistry (B). (A,B) Adjacent serial sections of P7 wild-type testis showing expression of galectin 1 mRNA (A) and protein (B) in testis cords (c), tunica albuginea (t), interstitial cells (arrows), peritubular cells (arrowheads) and blood vessel (v). Note the variable intensity of mRNA and protein staining in the individual testis cord cross sections, and the localisation of signal in the Sertoli cell cytoplasm at the centre of the cords. (C,D) Brightfield and darkground images of P4 testis section probed for Wilm’s tumour (Wt1) mRNA. Signal intensity appears uniform over all testis cords. (E,F) Newborn (P0) testis showing localised differential expression of galectin 1 in the cords. (G,H) E18 testis showing galectin 1 expression in a discrete region of testis cord (arrows). (I,J) E16 testis, showing uniform signal intensity in all testis cords. (K,L) Consecutive serial sections of P8 XXSxra testis, probed for galectin 1 and Amh, respectively. (M,N) Longitudinal stretch of P8 XXSxra testis cord showing junction between regions of low and high galectin 1 mRNA expression. Autoradiographic exposures (in days) were 4 (A,E,F), 9 (C,D), 18 (G-J) and 3 (K-N).
  • Seminiferous Epithelial cycle

    1. 1. Spermatogenic EpithelialCycle(SEC)ByFalana Benedict AbiolaB.Sc (Hons) Unilorin; M.Sc. (Anatomy) Ile-IfePractice Seminar 1Department of Anatomy, College ofMedicine of the University of Lagos,NigeriaMatriculation Number 109091016
    2. 2. Outline• Introduction to SEC• The cycle and wave• Selected Stages• Structure of the testes and spermatogenesis• Evolution of the study• Seminiferous epithelium• Conclusion• References
    3. 3. Introduction• Spermatogenic lineage development is acomplex process but occurs in an orderlymanner referred to as the spermatogenic cycle((Clermont 1972)• Proteins and mRNAs are exchanged viacytoplasmic bridges and may help incoordinating the synchronized development ofgerm cell clones.( Braun et al.,1989)
    4. 4. Introduction• Each stage is characterized by a combinationof different types of spermtogoonia,spermatocytes and spermatids thatsynchronously proceed through thespematogenic process.• The complete spermatogenic cycle in mousewas
    5. 5. SEC• Layers of germ cells all develop in acoordinated, repeating programme known asseminiferous epithelial cycle.• In rodents, successive stages are arranged incylindrical segments along the STs.
    6. 6. • Its existence been demonstrated in manyvertebrate species. (Kerr, 1995; Sharpe, 1994)• They are features of vertebrate spermatogenicorganization that reflect the need for a rigoroussperm production. (Timmons et al.,2002)Cycle and Wave
    7. 7. Cycle and Wave• Cycle of the seminiferous epithelium :– synchronous mitotic meiotic divisions– 6 stages in man– 4.6 cycle from sperm release (16 days per cycle)• Waves of the seminiferous epithelium :– in rodents and other mammals– no waves in human seminferous tubule
    8. 8. Stages• These are designated stages I-XIV of theseminiferous epithelial cycle in rat (Leblond andClermont,1952).• Twelve such stages (I-XII) have beendescribed in the mouse (Oakberg, 1965a)
    9. 9. Stages• Stage duration is precisely timed.• The complete spermatogenic cycle wasdetermined to be 8.6 days in the mouse (Okberg1956b) and 12.6 days in rats (Hilscher et al.,1969)
    10. 10. Stages in the indian gerbil field rat(Terata indica)• Four generations of A type, a single generationof intermediate(In) and two generations of Btype spermatogoonia are identified by Bilaspuri and Kaur(1994).
    11. 11. Stages in T.indica• Spermatocytes have been observed inprophase, metaphase, anaphase and telophase;in terms of size and morphology, the phases ofprophase could further be subdivided. (Bilaspuri and Kaur1994).
    12. 12. Stages in the Buffalo (BosBubalos)• Using H&E preparations the SEC in thebuffalo has been divided into 8 stages;1,2,3,4and 8 have been subdivided. Guraya and Bilaspuri (1976)
    13. 13. Stages in the Buffalo• The buffalo spermatogenesis is constituted by4.57 cycle of seminiferous epithelium whichresembles that of the bull. (Guraya and Bilaspuri 1976)
    14. 14. Stages 1–8 of the seminiferous epithelium cycle based on the tubular morphology system.França L R , Godinho C L Biol Reprod 2003;68:1554-1561©2003 by Society for the Study of Reproduction
    15. 15. Structure of the testes• Tunica albuginea : fibrous connective tissue– mediastinum :– septa :• Tunica vasculosa : loose connective tissue• Lobule : 250– seminiferous tubules : 1-4– interstitial (Leydig) cells :• Rete restis :
    16. 16. Testes
    17. 17. Seminiferous Tubules• Seminiferous epithelium : stratified epithelium– spermatogenic cells :• spermatogonia :• spermatids :– Sertoli cells : supporting or sustentacular cells• Tunica propria : lamina propria– myoid cells (peritubular contractile cells) :• rhythmic contraction
    18. 18. Spermatogenesis (I)• Spermatogonial phase :– type A dark (Ad) spermatogonia :• the stem cells of the seminiferous epithelium– type A pale (Ap) spermatogonia :• committed to differentiation– type B spermatogonia :• differentiated from type A spermatogonia• the last event in the spermatogonial phase
    19. 19. Spermatogenesis (II)• Spermatocyte phase : meiosis– primary spermatocyte : 4n• produced by type B spermatogonia• first meiotic division• homologous chromosomes crossing-over• give rise to secondary spermatocyte– secondary spermatocyte : 2n• second meiotic division• give rise to spermatid
    20. 20. Spermatid Phase (Spermiogenesis)• Golgi phase :– proacrosomal granules-acrosomal vesicle– axonemal complex : sperm tail• cap phase : acrosomal cap• acrosome phase :– manchette (flagellum development), nucleus condense• maturation phase :– residual body is pinched off and phagocytized by Sertolicells
    21. 21. Spermiation
    22. 22. Spermatogenesis
    23. 23. Sperm Passway• Seminiferous tubules :• Straight tubules :• Rete testis (mediastinum) :• Efferent ductules :• Ductus epididymis : acquire motility• Female tract : acquire fertilization ability– capacitation : removal and replacement glycocalyxcomponents on the sperm membrane
    24. 24. Structure of Mature Sperm• Head :– acrosomal cap :• acrosin : acrosome reaction– nucleus :• Tail :– neck : centrioles– middle piece : mitochondria– principal piece : fibrous sheath and axonemal complex– end piece : only axonemal complex
    25. 25. Spermatozoa
    26. 26. Variation in Sperm Production• Testis Size• Efficiency of spermatogenesis– mitotic division– degeneration of germ cells• Length of spermatogenesis
    27. 27. Human Spermatozoon:• 60 um long, consist of a head & a tail.• Head: pear-shaped & flattened w/ a nuclear & aacrosome (contains hydrolytic enzyme important forfertilization).• Tail: 55um in length w/ a microtubular axoneme in thecore.Subdivided into 4 segments:(a)The neck, containing a centriole (connect)(b)The middle segment (5-7um), containing asheath of mitochondria (provide energy).(c)The principal segment (45um), containing afibrous sheath (support the tail).(d)The end piece (5-7um), containing amicrotubular axoneme.
    28. 28. Evolution of the study• The definition of stages of the cycle ofseminiferous epithelium in rats was madepossible by the work of (Leblond and Clermont (1952)• The existence of a wavy nature ofspermatogenic epithelium was discovered byPerey et al .,(1961)
    29. 29. Evolution of the study• Further more Huckins and Clermont(1968) reported theevolution of gonocytes in the rat testes duringlate embryonic and early post natal life.• Sertoli-germ cell communications networkwas reported to play a key role in regulatingSEC Jegou (1993)
    30. 30. Evolution of the study• The macro, micro and molecular research onspermatogenesis was undertaken by Kerr (1995) in aquest to understand its control.
    31. 31. Evidence of Expressed Proteins• Galectin family currently includes 10mammalian members (Cooper and Barondes, 1999), which areexpressed in many different embryonic tissuesand adult tissues where they may be foundeither in the intracellular or extracellularcompartments, or both (Harrison and Wilson 1992; Hughes, 1999)
    32. 32. Expressed Proteins• These proteins have been implicated in manydifferent biological processes, including cellrecognition (Puche et al.,1996), cell adhesion (Cooper et al.1991;Hadariet al. 2001; Kuwabara and Liu 1996), organization of extracellularmatrix (Hikita et al., 2000) and programmed cell death(Akahani et al., 2001; Perillo et al., 1995)
    33. 33. Distribution of Galectin 1
    34. 34. Galectin 1 expression in the developing testis.Timmons P M et al. Development 2002;129:635-647
    35. 35. Seminiferous epithelium(SE)• A complex and highly dynamic tissue.• Male reproductive success ultimately dependson the ability of this tissue to produceprodigious numbers of sperm consistency.
    36. 36. Seminiferous epithelium(SE)• Its organization into tubules serves providemaximum area for sperm production.• The structure of the epithelium and the preciseorchestration of spermatogenesis makes spermrelease regular.
    37. 37. Seminiferous epithelium• Developing cells gradually traverse theepithelium from the basement membrane tothe apical surface .• They are then released into the tubule lumenas spermatozoa.• Spermatogenesis progresses.
    38. 38. Seminiferous epithelium• The adult Seminiferous epithelium alwayscontains several layers of germ cells atdifferent stages of development.
    39. 39. Seminiferous epithelium• Stages of the seminiferous epithelial cycle insections of adult testes has been determined bylight microscopy ( leblond and Clermont, 1952; Parvinen, 1982;Russell et al.,1990)
    40. 40. Seminiferous epithelium
    41. 41. Germinal epithelium
    42. 42. Review of the germinal epitheliumSertoli cell Germinal epithelium• 1. Basal lamina• 2.Spermatogonia• 3. spermatocyte first order• 4.Spermatocyte secondorder• 5. spermatatid• 6.mature spermatid• 7.sertoli cell• 8.tight junction
    43. 43. SeminiferousSeminiferousTubulesTubules
    44. 44. Seminiferous TubulesSeminiferous TubulesD = 150 - 250um, 30 - 70cm long,Spermatogenic Spermatogenic cellsepithelium Sertoli cellsBasement membraneCollagenous fibersLimiting membraneMyoid cells  
    45. 45. Mis. Egg , I miss youvery much!Mr. sperm,Mr. Sperm , Imiss you verymuch too !
    46. 46. Sertoli cells:Columnar cell rest on B.M., the free surface reaches tolumen. spermatogenic cells locate b/w adjacent cellsFeatures & function:LM: no clear outline, basally-located, ovoid nucleus w/ adistinct nucleolus.EM:(l) abundant sER., Gl., Ly.,Mf., & Mt.(2) Tight junctions presentb/w adjacent Sertoli cells(isolate spermatogonia fromother spermatogenic cells).
    47. 47. Function:(l) Support & nourish spermatogenic cells;(2) Secrete fluid to help the sperm moving;(3) Phagocytize & digest the residual bodies(4) Synthesize & secrete ABP (androgen bindingprotein) which combines androgen inseminiferous tubule to stimulate spermatogenesis;(5) Form the blood-testis barrier: Tight junctionconstitute the main part (rest: B.M. & limitingmembrane). Function: separates germ cells fromimmune system & prevents auto-immunereaction.(6) Prevent some physical & chemical factors fromdamaging germ cells, e.g. radiation, bodytemperature, infection
    48. 48. Conclusion• The SEC is a conserved feature necessary forthe sustenance of fertility in Man.• Further studies on SEC in other Mammalswould shed more light on these complexphenomena.
    49. 49. Thank You!
    50. 50. References• Timmons, P.M., Rigby, P.W.J.,Poirier F.,(2002).Themurine sminifeous epithelial cycle is pre-figured inthe sertoli cells of the embryonic testis• Bilaspuri, G.S and Kaur, I (1994). Spermatogeniccells and stages of the seiniferous epithelial cycle inthe indian gerbil rat, Terata indica
    51. 51. References• Prince C.G and Loveland K.L (2000).Germ cellsuicide: New insights into apoptosis duringspermatogenesis. Bioessays 22, 423-430• Perey, B.,Clermont,Y., and leblond, C.(1961)Thewave of the spermatogenic epithelium in the rat.Am .J.of Anat.108, 47-48• Leblond, C.P andClermont,Y.(1952).Definition of thestages of the cycle of seminiferous epithelium in therat.AnnNew yorkacad.sci.55, 548-573
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    55. 55. References• Enders, G.C.(1993).Sertoli-sertoli and sertoli-germ cell communication. In the sertoli cell.(ed L.D. Russel and M.D.Griswold), pp.447-460. Clearwater, FL. Cache RiverPress• Clermont, Y and Perey, B.(1957).Quantitativestudy of the cell populationof the seminiferoustubules in immature rats.Am. J. Anat100, 241-268