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– saclike structure containing the testes
-divided into left and right internal compartments by an incomplete CT septum
-external composition: skin
-internal composition: dartos muscle (layer of smooth muscle) and layer of loose CT

A. SCROTUM

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male gonads
-oval organs about 4-5 cm long within scrotum
-outer part: thick, white CT capsule
-extensions of capsule divide testes into 250 cone-shaped lobules which contain seminiferous tubules

B. TESTES –

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– where sperm cells develop

SEMINIFEROUS TUBULES

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– endocrine cells in the delicate CT surrounding seminiferous tubules
-secrete testosterone

INTERSTITIAL OR LEYDIG CELLS

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– large, extend from periphery to the lumen of seminiferous tubules
-nourish germ cells and produce a number of hormones

SUSTENTACULAR OR SERTOLI CELLS

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formation of sperm cells

SPERMATOGENESIS –

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most peripheral germ cells, divide through mitosis

Spermatogonia –

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– divide by meiosis and become sperm cells
-contains 46 chromosomes
-passes through Meiosis I to produce 2 secondary spermatocyte

Primary spermatocytes

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– undergoes Meiosis II to produce 2 smaller cells or spermatids each having 23 chromosomes

Secondary spermatocyte

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undergo structural changes after the Meiosis II to become sperm cells
-much cytoplasm are eliminated

Spermatids –

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contains enzymes released during the process of fertilization
-enzymes are necessary for the sperm cell to penetrate the oocyte or egg cells

Acrosome –

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developing---- are located around lumen of seminiferous tubules
-heads directed toward sustentacular cells
-tails directed toward lumen

Sperm cells –

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– comma-shaped structure on the posterior side of testis
-SC continue to mature here
-SC develop capacity to swim and ability to bind to the oocyte
-SC taken directly from testes are not capable of fertilizing oocytes

EPIDIDYMIS

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–final changes in SC, occur after ejaculation of semen into vagina prior to fertilization

CAPACITATION

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about 45 cm long, emerges from epididymis and ascends along the posterior side of the testis to become associated with BV and nerves (spermatic cord)
-extends through abdominal wall by way of inguinal canal
-ampulla of the------ enlargement just before reaching the porstate gland
-wall contains smooth muscle which contracts in peristaltic waves to propel sperm cells from the epididymis through the -------

2. Ductus Deferens or Vas Deferens –

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PARTS OF SPERMATIC CORD

• Ductus deferens
• Testicular artery and veins and nerves
• Lymphatic vessels
• 2 CT sheaths

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– sac shaped gland near the ampulla of the ductus deferens
-glands consisting of many saclike structures located next to the ampulla of ductus deferens
-each about 5 cm long

SEMINAL VESICLE

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have both glandular and muscular tissue
-surrounds urethra and 2 ejaculatory ducts
-cells lining partition secrete prostatic fluid
-10 -20 short ducts carry fluid to prostatic urethra

• Prostate Gland –

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– pair of small mucus secreting glands near base of penis
-pea sized, decrease with age
-single duct from each gland enters urethra

• Bulbourethral or Cowper gland

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– formed by the ducts from the seminal vesicle and the ampulla of vas deferens at the prostate gland
-each extends into the prostate gland and ends by joining the urethra within the prostate gland

EJACULATORY DUCT

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– extends from UB to distal end of penis
-passageway for both urine and male reproductive fluids but they do not exit at the same time
-while MRF are passing through urethra, sympathetic reflex causes internal urinary sphincter to contract, keeping semen from passing into urinary bladder, preventing urine from entering urethra

URETHRA

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male organ of copulation,
-functions in the transfer of sperm cells from M to F
-contains 3 columns of erectile tissue
-shaft: loosely attached to CT
-skin is firmly attached at the base of the glans penis, and a thinner layer of skin covers glans penis (prepuce)

penis

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2 columns of erectile tissue that form the dorsal side of penis

Corpora cavernosa –

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third smaller column forming the ventral

Corpus spongiosum –

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• – covers glans penis

Prepuce or foreskin

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– mixture of sperm cells and secretions from male reproductive glands
-60% seminal vesicles, prostate gland 30%, 5% testes, 5% bulbourethral gland
-normal semen volume: 2-5 ml with 100 M sperm cells

semen

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• Mucous secretion which lubricates urethra, help neutralize contents of normally acidic urethra, provide small amount of lubrication during intercourse, help reduce acidity of vagina

Secretions of bulbourethral and mucuous glands

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• Sperm cells + small amount of fluid

Testicular secretions

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• Thick mucuslike
• Contains sugar fructose
• Contains nutrients to nourish sperm cells
• Contains proteins that weakly coagulate after ejaculation and enzymes
• Prostaglandins –

Seminal Vesicle secretions

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high conc. in seminal vesicle secretions, cause contractions of female reproductive tract to help transport sperm through tract

Prostaglandins –

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