The Formation of the Primary Envelope during Oocyte Differentiation in Teleosts

  • Published 2003

Abstract

The differentiation of the primary envelope of oocytes of the seahorse (Hippocampus erectus) and the pipefish (Syngnathusfuscus) has been investigated by techniques of lightand electron microscopy. The developing oocytes have been divided into four stages according to size. Oogonia are designated as stage I; stages II and III are oocytes; stage IV represents mature eggs. The primary envelope which is produced by the oocyte is initially a tripartite structure; for convenience of description, the portions are referred to as zones 1, 2, and 3, respectively. Zone 1 first appears as a homogeneous substance at approximately the middle of the long axis of each microvillus. Zone 2 is immediately beneath zone 1 and consists of an extremely electron-opaque granular component. Zone 3 is subjacent to zone 2; it is the largest and most complex of the three. Zone 3 consists of an amorphous material organized in a reticular-like network. Staining procedures indicate that the envelope is composed of a glycoprotein. Just before the oocyte matures there is a structural alteration in zones 2 and 3. Zone 2 becomes a compact, dense layer and zone 3 becomes multilaminate. Subsequent to these changes, zone I degenerates. The classification of egg envelopes is discussed, and comparisons are made between the primary envelope of the teleosts investigated and the primary envelopes of other species.

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@inproceedings{2003TheFO, title={The Formation of the Primary Envelope during Oocyte Differentiation in Teleosts}, author={}, year={2003} }