Cell-cell interactions-structural

Nathália Lima Martins Lara, Gleide Fernandes Avelar, Guilherme Mattos Jardim Costa, Samyra Maria Santos Nassif Lacerda, Rex A. Hess, Luiz Renato França

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Interactions between cells are crucial for the normal physiology of any organ or tissue. In this article, the best known physical and structural cellular interactions present in the testis is discussed, focusing particularly in the junctions/interactions among the cells present in the seminiferous epithelium (i.e., Sertoli and germ cells) and the cells located in the interstitial/intertubular compartment such as Leydig cells and macrophage. As it can be noticed, these interactions provide the production of hormones and the adequate progression of spermatogenesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Reproduction
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780128151457
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018


  • Adherens junction
  • Cellular interaction
  • Desmosome
  • Digitations
  • Ectoplasmic specialization
  • Gap junction
  • Germ cell
  • Intercellular bridge
  • Leydig cell
  • Macrophage
  • Peritubular myoid cell
  • Sertoli cell
  • Sertoli cell barrier
  • Tight junctions
  • Tubulobulbar complex

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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