Testes, embryology of: Cellular molecular changes

Terje Svingen, L. J. Pelliniemi

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Testis is the male gonad containing two functional parts: the seminiferous tubules for the production and transport of male germ cells (spermatogenesis) and the interstitial compartment containing Leydig cells that produce androgens. It develops from an undifferentiated precursor structure (the gonadal ridge) into a histologically complete organ in the scrotum by the time of birth. Testicular androgen production also plays a crucial role during embryonic development, ensuring proper masculinization of the embryo through the differentiation of accessory sex organs and secondary sex characteristics
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReference Module in Biomedical Research
EditorsMichael J. Caplan
Number of pages6
Publication date2015
ISBN (Print)978-0-12-801238-3
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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