Fate and composition of cytoplasmic droplet of hamster epididymal spermatozoa

Journal of Morphology
N Cortadellas, M Durfort


Observations on sperm maturation in the hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) epididymis revealed that the cytoplasmic droplet migrates from the proximal position of the sperm flagellum to the end of the midpiece. This process begins in the testis or vas efferens and ends in the cauda region of the epididymis. A study of different regions of the epididymis and vas deferens demonstrated that the cytoplasmic droplet is not released from the sperm into the luminal fluid. An ultrastructural study of the cytoplasmic droplet demonstrated changes in its morphology as its position moved distally along the midpiece. Membranous components called saccules or vesicles, believed to be remnants of the Golgi apparatus present in the cytoplasmic droplet, changed their morphology during the migration process. Inclusion bodies within vesicles were released to the lumen at the levels of the cauda epididymis and the vas deferens.


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