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Fig. 1 | Basic and Clinical Andrology

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From: Epididymal approaches to male contraception

Fig. 1

Schematic representation of the anatomical organization of the mammalian epididymis connecting the testicular seminiferous tubules through the efferent ducts to the vas deferens. A magnification of an epididymal tubule is shown pointing to the epididymal epithelial layer and luminal compartment in which sperm progress through the peristaltic contractions of the smooth muscle layer surrounding the tubule. The liquid luminal content critical for post-testicular acquisition of sperm fertilization capabilities is the result of intense and complex secretory activities of the epididymal epithelium, some of which could be targeted for the development of a post-testicular contraceptive agent

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