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The paper is devoted to the study of the very first stages of testicular organogenesis in the rat, i.e. to the study of the initial stages of formation of the seminiferous cords. It takes over and extends the results of a previous histological study (Jost, 1972). The tissues were fixed with glutaraldehyde or glutaraldehyde-paraformaldehyde and post-fixed(More)
Diabetes was induced in female rats by streptozotocin administration prior to mating. Pregnant rats were divided into “severe diabetics” (blood glucose concentration above 300 mg/100 ml) and “mild diabetics” (blood glucose ranging from 100 to 200 mg/100 ml). When compared to control fetuses, fetuses from severely diabetic mothers showed a slight decrease of(More)
The fetal testis is not merely a precursor of the adult organ: it is indeed an endocrine gland whose function is the masculinization of the fetus. It differs physiologically and morphologically from the adult testis. In this paper, the first stages of testicular differentiation in the rat are described, with special emphasis on the ultrastructural aspects.(More)
Day 25 after insemination is a date of peculiar importance in the maturation of several organs in the Rabbit fetus. From day 25 onward the fetal liver stores increasing amounts of glycogen and the lung stores increasing amounts of lecithins, concomitant with sudden rise in the activity of lung phosphatidic-acid phosphohydrolase. Earlier studies on(More)
In previous papers (1, 2), it was shown that in the rat fetus, testicular differentiation begins 13 days after fertilization, in the depth of the primordium near to mesonephric tubules. A few cells swell and differentiate into Sertoli cells which encompass the germ cells. In the meantime they delineate locally one part of the contour of the developing(More)