William G. Breed

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Spermatozoa from a single male will compete for fertilization of ova with spermatozoa from another male when present in the female reproductive tract at the same time. Close genetic relatedness predisposes individuals towards altruism, and as haploid germ cells of an ejaculate will have genotypic similarity of 50%, it is predicted that spermatozoa may(More)
The murine rodents are the most speciose subfamily of mammals. Here the morphology of the spermatozoon, as determined by scanning and transmission electron microscopy of representative species from four Eurasian clades, is described. Much interspecific variability in all components of the spermatozoon was found to occur, although most species have a(More)
BACKGROUND Sperm design varies enormously across species and sperm competition is thought to be a major factor influencing this variation. However, the functional significance of many sperm traits is still poorly understood. The sperm of most murid rodents are characterised by an apical hook of the sperm head that varies markedly in extent across species.(More)
A study of spermatozoa in the isthmus of the oviduct and of the surrounding epithelial cells in the dasyurid marsupial, Sminthopsis crassicaudata, was carried out. At least 10% of the ejaculated spermatozoa probably populate the isthmus region, where many come to reside in crypts until around the time of ovulation. Ultrastructural observations of(More)
Despite years of research work, biologists remain divided over the issue of zona pellucida function during fertilization and the mode of sperm-ZP penetration. The present review examines the emerging evidence for the participation of ubiquitin-proteasome pathway in the process of sperm-ZP penetration generated in the last five years in species of mammals,(More)
This light and transmission electron microscopical study shows that the first polar body is given off before ovulation and that part of its cell membrane and that of the surrounding oocyte have long microvilli at the time of its ejection. Several layers of cumulus cells initially surround the secondary oocyte and first polar body, but the ovulated oocytes(More)
In the greater bandicoot rat, Bandicota indica, of south-east Asia, nine cell associations were documented in the testicular seminiferous epithelium. In about 10% of the tubule cross sections two or more cell associations occurred and, furthermore, some of the generations of germ cells within the cell associations were sometimes either out of phase, or(More)
The Harderian gland of the Australian Plains mouse (Pseudomys australis) consists of tubules lined by a single layer of epithelial cells with a surrounding meshwork of myoepithelial cells. The epithelium contains three types of cell. Type I cells, characterised by their many large apical lipid vacuoles, are comparable with cells reported in other rodents.(More)
The aim of the present study was to determine the morphological changes that take place in the male and female gametes during in vivo fertilization in the Australian marsupial, the fat-tailed dunnart, Sminthopsis crassicaudata. Plastic sections were cut of sperm and eggs recovered from the oviducts of recently mated individuals, and light microscopy of(More)
  • W G Breed
  • Journal of reproduction and fertility
  • 1982
The relative size and histology of the testes of sexually active adult Pseudomys and Notomys differed markedly between species. Average weight of testes (as % of body wt) ranged from about 3% in P. australis and P. nanus to about 0.15% in most Notomys. In the testes of most species, interstitial tissue was relatively sparse, but in P. apodemoides, P.(More)