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Morphophysiology and ultrastructure of the male reproductive accessory glands of the bats Carollia perspicillata, Glossophaga soricina and Phyllostomus discolor (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae)

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Martins, Fabiane F. ; Beguelini, Mateus R. ; Puga, Cintia C. I. ; Morielle-Versute, Eliana ; Vilamaior, Patricia S. L. ; Taboga, Sebastiao R.
Total Authors: 6
Document type: Journal article
Source: ACTA HISTOCHEMICA; v. 118, n. 6, p. 640-651, 2016.
Web of Science Citations: 3

The male reproductive accessory glands (RAGs) are important organs that contribute to the secretion of different substances that composed the ejaculate. Despite this important function, their composition, anatomy and function vary widely between species. Thus, the RAGs of three species of phyllostomid bats were morphologically and ultrastructurally characterized and compared in this study. The RAGs of the three analyzed species are composed of a prostate and a pair of bulbourethral glands (BG). In all species, the prostate is composed of three well-defined regions (ventral, dorsolateral and dorsal regions). The ventral region showed an atypical epithelium (undefined) with no obvious cellular limits and a holocrine PAS-positive secretion. The dorsolateral region of Carollia perspicillata and Phyllostomus discolor showed a pseudostratified cubic morphology, and that from Glossophaga soricina had a columnar morphology endowed with cytoplasmic projections and stereocilia. The dorsal region of the three analyzed species is composed of a pseudostratified columnar epithelium endowed with stereocilia; however, G. soricina also presented cytoplasmic projections in the apical portions of the secretory cells similar to those in the dorsolateral region. The BG of the three analyzed species are composed of a pseudostratified columnar epithelium including basal and PAS-positive secretory cells. In conclusion, this study morphologically and ultrastructurally characterized the RAGs of three species of phyllostomid bats, demonstrating the presence of a novel third prostatic region in species of this family. The results also showed the absence of seminal vesicles and ampullary glands, and better characterized the holocrine pattern of the prostatic ventral region, which is unique to bats. (C) 2016 Elsevier GmbH. All rights reserved. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 11/01323-2 - Evaluation of the dependence of reproductive accessory glands of male Artibeus planirostris (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae) by the hormone testosterone
Grantee:Cíntia Cristina Isicawa Puga
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 09/03470-2 - Morphophysiology of the BAT prostate: Compative evaluation in the Phyllostomidae, Mollosidae and Vespertilionidae families
Grantee:Sebastião Roberto Taboga
Support type: Regular Research Grants
FAPESP's process: 12/09194-0 - Analysis of hormonal variations on the four phases of the reproductive cycle of males of Myotis nigricans (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae)
Grantee:Mateus Rodrigues Beguelini
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 10/03128-0 - Morphophysiology of the BAT genital system acessory glands: study in the Glossophaginae, Carollinae and Phyllostominae subfamilies (Phyllostomidae: Chiroptera)
Grantee:Fabiane Ferreira Martins
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Master
FAPESP's process: 09/16181-9 - Ultra-structural and immunocytochemical analysis of spermatogenesis and nucleologenesis of bats
Grantee:Eliana Morielle Versute
Support type: Regular Research Grants