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Histological observations of the reproductive organs of the male dog from birth to sexual maturity.

Authors
  • Kawakami, E
  • Tsutsui, T
  • Ogasa, A
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of veterinary medical science / the Japanese Society of Veterinary Science
Publication Date
Apr 01, 1991
Volume
53
Issue
2
Pages
241–248
Identifiers
PMID: 1830795
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Development of the testis, epididymis and prostate in 53 male beagles was examined histologically with PAS-hematoxylin stain from birth to sexual maturity. The diameter of the seminiferous tubules of the testes was less than 100 microns until 20 weeks of age, however, it increased markedly between 22 and 28 week of age, reaching 180 +/- 7 (mean +/- SD) microns at 28 weeks of age. Only Sertoli cells and gonocytes (or spermatogonia) were detected in the seminiferous tubules until 16 weeks of age. Spermatocytes and spermatids appeared in the tubules at 20 and 22 weeks of age, respectively. Spermatozoa were first observed in the testes of 2 of the 5 dogs at 26 weeks of age and were found in the testes of all the 3 dogs at 28 weeks of age. The diameter of the ducts in the cauda epididymidis was 146 +/- 4 microns at 20 weeks of age. Thereafter it increased markedly, reaching 341 +/- 14 microns at 28 weeks of age. The height of the epithelium and stereocilia in the ducts of the caput epididymidis increased markedly at about 28 weeks of age. A large number of spermatozoa was seen in the lumens of the ducts of the corpus and cauda epididymidis after 32 weeks of age. The shape of the lumens in the glandular alveoli of the prostate became irregular as a result of projection of the glandular epithelium into the enlarged lumens and the epithelial cells of the alveoli became PAS-positive at 24 weeks of age.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

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