Spermatogenesis and cycle of the seminiferous epithelium

Rex A Hess, Luiz Renato De Franca

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Spermatogenesis is a complex biological process of cellular transformation that produces male haploid germ cells from diploid spermatogonial stem cells. This process has been simplified morphologically by recognizing cellular associations or 'stages' and 'phases' of spermatogenesis, which progress through precisely timed and highly organized cycles. These cycles of spermatogenesis are essential for continuous sperm production, which is dependent upon numerous factors, both intrinsic (Sertoli and germ cells) and extrinsic (androgens, retinoic acids), as well as being species-specific.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMolecular Mechanisms in Spermatogenesis
EditorsYan Cheng
Number of pages15
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008

Publication series

NameAdvances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
ISSN (Print)0065-2598

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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