Male Mouse Accessory Sex Glands in Organ Culture

E. Spring-Mills, M. Bush, C. Hill

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Explants of epididymis, vas deferens, seminal vesicle, and coagulating gland from 10-1 2-week old and 7-8-month-old male Swiss Webster mice were maintained in synthetic media without serum or hormones for up to 28 days. Differences were observed in the survival and responses of each gland and the behavior of the principal and basal cells. Epithelial cell migration was pronounced in the vas, moderate in the epididymis, and low in the seminal vesicle and coagulating gland. The incidence of basal cell proliferation, hyperplasia, and squamous metaplasia usually was positively related to the frequency of basal cells in the zero-time explants. Few differences were observed between the survival or responses of explants from young and old animals; however, explant culture appears useful for exploring fundamental properties of each accessory sex gland, especially the properties of basal cells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-111
Number of pages9
JournalArchives of Andrology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1983


  • Accessory Sex Glands
  • Aging
  • Coagulating Gland
  • Epididymis
  • Hyperplasia
  • Metaplasia
  • Organ Culture
  • Proliferation
  • Seminal Vesicle
  • Vas Deferens

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology


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