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Duration of spermatogenesis and sperm transit time through the epididymis in the Piau boar

Duration of spermatogenesis and sperm transit time through the epididymis in the Piau boar

Tissue and Cell 30(5): 573-582

The Piau boar is a rustic breed of economical importance in Brazil. The duration of spermatogenesis and sperm transit through the epididymis in Piau boars was estimated using intratesticular injections of tritiated thymidine. Animals were sacrificed 1 h, 7 days, 14 days, 21 days, 34 days, and 36 days after injections. Each cycle of spermatogenesis in Piau boars lasts 9 +/- 0.2 days. At least 9 days are necessary for spermatozoa to traverse the entire epididymis. Considering that the total duration of spermatogenesis takes about 4.5 seminiferous epithelium cycles, spermatogenesis was estimated to take 40.6 days. The primary spermatocytes life span is 13.5 days, while spermiogenesis in Piau boars lasts 14.5 days. Staging in Piau boars was based on tubular morphology system. The relative stage frequencies in these boars, based on approximately 1200 seminiferous tubule cross-sections for each animal, were as follows: stage 1, 11.7 +/- 0.7%; stage 2, 14.3 +/- 0.3%; stage 3, 5.4 +/- 0.1%; stage 4, 12.1 +/- 0.6%; stage 5, 9.6 +/- 0.4%; stage 6, 17.2 +/- 0.4%; stage 7, 15.4 +/- 0.8%; and stage 8, 14.3 +/- 0.9%. The duration of spermatogenic events and the relative stage frequencies in Piau boars differ slightly from those observed in improved swine breeds.

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DOI: 10.1016/s0040-8166(98)80038-4

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