Scanning electrons and light microscopy of the equine seminiferous tubule. Academic Article uri icon


  • Changes within the equine seminiferous tubules during the cycle of the seminiferous epithelium were studied light and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Once observed with SEM, tubules were sectioned and staged using light microscopy. As viewed by SEM, the weblike, spongy cytoplasm of germ cells or Sertoli cells in stages I and II extended over the entire height of the germinal epithelium. The cytoplasm of the basal portion of the germinal epithelium in stages III to VIII was similar to that in stages I and II. However, the cytoplasm which occupied the luminal third of the epithelium in stages III to VII was smooth appearance. The smooth-surfaced, periluminal cytoplasm diminished in stages VIII. Principal pieces of flagella from spermatids extended into the tubular lumina in all stages whereas the middle pieces extended into the lumen only in stage VIII. Later in stage VIII, the middle pieces, which were thickened with cytoplasm, were connected to the germinal epithelium by stalks. After spermiation, the diameter of the middle pieces was similar to that of ejaculated spermatozoa. Thus, the cytoplasm within the thickened middle pieces contributed to the formation of the cytoplasmic droplets.

published proceedings

  • Fertil Steril

author list (cited authors)

  • Johnson, L., Amann, R. P., & Pickett, B. W.

citation count

  • 17

complete list of authors

  • Johnson, L||Amann, RP||Pickett, BW

publication date

  • February 1978