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Changes in lectin-binding sites on epididymal cells during postnatal development of the mouse.
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PMID:  22645907     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Using lectin histochemistry combined with immunohistochemistry, we recently demonstrated that the principal, clear, and basal cells in the adult mouse epididymis specifically react with UEA-I, MAL-I, and GS-IB lectins, respectively. The present study examined the distribution of the lectin-binding sites for some lectins on the epididymal epithelium during postnatal development. Galactose staining with GS-IB was first detected in some of the undifferentiated epithelial cells in mice aged 1 week, and this characteristic became specific to basal cells in mice aged 2 weeks and above. Fucose staining with UEA-I was first detected in the principal cells in mice aged 3 weeks. Staining of sialic acid with MAL-I was first detected in all undifferentiated epithelial cells in mice aged 1 week, and this characteristic became specific to the narrow and clear cells in all regions and to the principal cells in regions IV and V in mice aged 3 weeks. The results indicate that epididymal differentiation is characterized by the expression of cell- and region-specific sugar chains that appear early during postnatal development before the sperm arrives in the epididymis.
Shota Tajiri; Tatsuya Fukui; Akira Sawaguchi; Kazuya Yoshinaga
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Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Okajimas folia anatomica Japonica     Volume:  88     ISSN:  0030-154X     ISO Abbreviation:  Okajimas Folia Anat Jpn     Publication Date:  2012 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-05-31     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401014     Medline TA:  Okajimas Folia Anat Jpn     Country:  Japan    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  153-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Graduate School of Health Sciences, Kumamoto University, 4-24-1 Kuhonji, Kumamoto 862-0975, Japan.
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