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Glycoconjugate histochemistry of the secretory epithelium lining the seminal vesicles of the miniature pig.
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PMID:  16276025     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The present study thoroughly examined the localization and characterization of glycoconjugates in the secretory epithelium lining the seminal vesicles of the miniature pig, employing light and electron microscopic histochemical procedures, including lectin methods. The present results showed the epithelial cells and luminal secretions to contain glycoconjugates with abundant neutral saccharides and a small amount of acidic saccharides, containing varying types of terminal sugar residues. At ultrastructural levels, the free surface coat of the plasma membrane was rich in alpha-D-Man, alpha-D-Glc, beta-D-Gal, GlcNAc, and sialic acid. The flocculent contents of the secretory vesicles indicated the localization of alpha-D-Man, alpha-D-Glc, alpha-L-Fuc, beta-D-Gal, GlcNAc, and sialic acid; such sugar residues were also seen in the elements of the Golgi apparatus. The present results have characterized the seminal vesicles of the miniature pig as having a high secretory activity and copiously producing glycoconjugates with various sugar residues. Such glycoconjugates appear to be indispensable substances for porcine reproduction, possibly influencing the fertilizing capacity of spermatozoa within the female genital tract.
Akira Sakairi; Azuma Tsukise; Wilfried Meyer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of histology and cytology     Volume:  68     ISSN:  0914-9465     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch. Histol. Cytol.     Publication Date:  2005 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-11-08     Completed Date:  2006-01-30     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8806082     Medline TA:  Arch Histol Cytol     Country:  Japan    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  193-204     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Veterinary Anatomy, College of Bioresource Sciences, Nihon University, Fujisawa, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Epithelium / metabolism*,  ultrastructure
Glycoconjugates / metabolism*
Histocytochemistry / veterinary*
Lectins / metabolism
Microscopy, Electron
Seminal Vesicles / metabolism*,  ultrastructure
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Glycoconjugates; 0/Lectins

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