Pesquisa Veterinária Brasileira
versão impressa ISSN 0100-736X
ORSI, Antônio M. et al. Seasonal variability in epididymal duct of the domestic quail: morphologic features. Pesq. Vet. Bras. [online]. 2007, vol.27, n.12, pp. 495-500. ISSN 0100-736X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0100-736X2007001200005.
Small but expressive variability was noted on the epididymidis duct (ED) of domestic quail along the year, with more evidence in autumn of the quiescent phase of the annual testis cycle in this species. Spring features of ED had a general similar pattern in summer and winter. They were characterized by enlargement of epididymis tubule, storage of spermatozoa into the luminal compartment and presence of mitochondria, ER lamellae, several variable vesicles, and lysosomes localized mainly on the apical cytoplasm of principal cells (P) of the epididymal epithelium. These P cells features indicated a process of endocytosis and perhaps protein secretion. Autumn quiescence was marked by a convolute pattern of the epididymis tubule, lacking of spermatozoa and small amount of exfoliate heterogeneous material inside the luminal compartment at light microscopy. Ultrastructural degenerative features mainly apical cytoplasmic debris were seen in the supranuclear cytoplasm of lining P cells.
Palavras-chave : Epididymidis duct; morphology; seasonal variability; quail.