Ultrastructural Studies of Germ Cell Developments and Atypical Cells Occurred During Spermatogenesis in the Acini, and the Cyclic Changes in the Epithelial Cells With the Developmental Phases of the Seminal Vesicle in Rapana venosa (Valencienes)

피뿔고둥 Rapana venosa (Valencienes) 정소소엽 내에서의 생식세포 발달과 정자형성과정 중 출현하는 비정형 세포들의 미세구조적 연구 및 저정낭의 발달단계에 따른 상피세포들의 주기적 변화

  • Lee, Il Ho (Department of Fisheries Sciences, Graduate School, Kunsan National University) ;
  • Chung, Jae Seung (Department of Urology, College of Medicine, Inje University)
  • Received : 2015.03.20
  • Accepted : 2015.03.30
  • Published : 2015.03.31


Germ cell development and cyclic changes in the epithelial cells of the seminal vesicle of the male rapa whelk, Rapana venosa, were investigated by cytological and histological observations. The process of germ cell development can be classified into five stages: (1) spermatogonial, (2) primary spermatocyte, (3) secodary spermatocyte, (4) spermatid, and (5) spermatozoon. In particular, four atypical cells (Type IA, IB, IIA and IIB cells) occur among normal germ cells in the acini during spermatogenesis. Presumably, the atypical cells, which have lysosome-like vacuoles or lysosome-like bodies in the cells, are involved in breakdown and absorption themselves in the acini. However, atypical cells were not found in the epithelial cells of the inner layer of the seminal vesicle. A considerable amount of spermatozoa are transported from the testis towards the the seminal vesicles until late July. The main coupulation period is between June and July. The process of the cyclical changes of the seminal vesicles can be classified into three phases: (1) resting, (2) accumulating, and (3) spent. Yellow granular bodies are involved in resorption or digestion of residual spermatozoa.


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