The ultrastructural mechanism of postspawning sperm resorption in the testes of the sea urchin Strongylocentrotus nudus is described. Two types of phagosomes (containing sperm and containing residual bodies) are formed in the cytoplasm of nutritive phagocytes. The phagosomes fuse with electron-dense globules, and their contents are gradually destroyed. Afterward, phagosomes are transformed into electron-transparent vacuoles, which are finally compressed by the surrounding cytoplasm.
Russian Journal of Marine Biology – Springer Journals
Published: Nov 14, 2005
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