Morphological changes in the oocyte and its surrounding vestments during in vivo fertilization in the dasyurid marsupial Sminthopsis crassicaudata.

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… CONTINUE READING