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A morphological study of the male reproductive tract, post-testicular acrosome maturation and spermatophore formation in the black tiger prawn (Penaeus monodon)

Feng, T., Paterson, B. and Johnston, S. (2018) A morphological study of the male reproductive tract, post-testicular acrosome maturation and spermatophore formation in the black tiger prawn (Penaeus monodon). Journal of Morphology, 279 (9). pp. 1290-1300. ISSN 0022-2887

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Article Link(s): http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jmor.20869

Abstract

Inferior larval production rates of domesticated Penaeus monodon broodstock has been a major hurdle to the expansion of its aquaculture, so that a better understanding of basic male reproductive biology is critical to improve the reproductive performance of this commercially important penaeid species. Following our previous study of spermatogenesis in the species, this study explored the mechanism of spermatophore formation with regards to the contribution of the reproductive tract epithelium by light and transmission electron microscopy. Four types of epithelial secretions (S1-4) were observed contributing to the three layers of the spermatophore. The primary layer of spermatophore was composed of S1 and S2, which were released from the secretory epithelial cells of the proximal vas deferens (PVD) and the secretory epithelial cells of the sperm-bearing lumen of the mid vas deferens, respectively. The secondary layer of the spermatophore was composed of S3, the secretory product of epithelial cells in the accessory tubule lumen of the mid vas deferens. The outer layer of the spermatophore was formed from S4 which was secreted by the epithelial cells in the posterior mid vas deferens and the terminal ampulla. Unique folds of the vas deferens epithelium appeared to play an important role in the formation of the spermatophore, particularly in the formation of the laminated structure of the spermatophore appendage. With respect to acrosome maturation along the reproductive tract, most spermatozoa did not have a fully developed anterior spike and a subacrosomal region when in the PVD, whereas both structures were fully formed by the time the spermatozoa reached the mid vas deferens and increased electron density when in the terminal ampulla; this observation represents the first morphological evidence of post-testicular acrosome maturation in this taxon.

Item Type:Article
Business groups:Animal Science
Keywords:Tem decapod crustacean shrimp terminal ampulla vas deferens
Subjects:Science > Biology > Reproduction
Aquaculture and Fisheries > Fisheries > Fishery research
Deposited On:06 Mar 2019 00:17
Last Modified:06 Mar 2019 00:17

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