Jurgen Seitz

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Spermatogenesis is a highly complex, hormonally regulated cytodifferentiation process finally leading to the production of spermatozoa. In addition to other events germ cell differentiation is characterized by a gradual structural modification of many organelles including mitochondria which play a unique role. The morphological and functional development of(More)
Instructive influences of fetal mesenchyme were examined in heterotypic tissue recombinants consisting of urogenital sinus mesenchyme (UGM) from male and female rats and distal ductal tips from adult rat prostate. Tissues were grown under the renal capsule of male hosts for periods up to 28 days. Resultant growths exhibited typical prostate histology.(More)
Two different pathways for protein secretion are described for epithelial cells of rat coagulating gland and dorsal prostate: the classical merocrine and the alternative apocrine release mode. Apocrine-secreted proteins are synthesized on cytoplasmic polyribosomes and are subsequently exported in protrusions on the apical cell surface (aposomes). In this(More)
BACKGROUND The cytokine macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF), originally described as a T cell product, has recently been identified to mediate cellular interactions in several endocrine organs. Western blots analysis of rat epididymal homogenates using an anti-MIF antibody indicated the presence of substantial amounts of an immunoreactive protein(More)
Heat shock protein 60 (HSP60), a member of the chaperonin family, has an essential role in mediating correct folding of nuclear encoded proteins imported to mitochondria. We have investigated immunocytochemical expression of HSP60 in developing fetal, newborn, postnatal, and pubertal testis and ovary, and in the adult ovary of the rat. In the fetal gonads,(More)
Changes in the level of the gene transcript of heat shock protein (hsp)60, a mitochondrial chaperonin, during the cycle of rat seminiferous epithelium and its cellular localization were studied. The seminiferous epithelium showed a cell type-specific expression of hsp60. Immunostaining of adult rat testis revealed localization in Sertoli and Leydig cells.(More)
In this review, the history of apocrine secretion and the essential categories are briefly mentioned and fused into a more generally applicable terminology. Using the coagulating gland of the male rat as a model, the mechanisms of apocrine secretion, the participation of the cytoskeleton in the formation of the apocrine blebs ("aposomes") and the structure(More)
Peroxisomes are cell organelles that perform multiple functions in the metabolism of lipids and of reactive oxygen species. They are present in most eukaryotic cells. However, they are believed to be absent in spermatozoa and they have never been described in male germ cells. We have used the immortalized germ cell line GC1spg to investigate the expression(More)
In male germ cells mitochondria undergo dramatic morphological changes during spermatogenesis, at least three different types of mitochondrion being present. The usual cristae type of mitochondrion in spermatogonia, preleptotene and leptotene spermatocytes develops, via an intermediate form in zygotene spermatocytes, to the condensed form with almost no(More)