Notes on Anatomy of the Male Reproductive System

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Sertoli cells:

• Maintain androgen levels.

• Blood-testis barrier.

• Depend on produciton of FSH.

• Secrete inhibin and MIF.

Leydig cells:

• Testosterone and 80% male estrogen secretion.

• Depend on production of LH.

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Seminal Vericles:

• Alkaline; viscous; fructose; energy source for sperm.

Prostate gland:

• Citric acid; lipids; zinc; acid phosphatase; nutrition for sperm.

Additional Notes:

• Sperm eat sweet stuff (fructose) for energy; fructose secreted by seminal vesicles.

• Ductus deferens: three muscle layers.

• Undescended testes: infertility due to degenerated epithelium of seminiferous tubules.

• Wolffian body (mesonephros) persists in male as: epididymis.

• Rete testes possess a single celium on apical surface.

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