PROF. P. MOTTA / DEPT. OF ANATOMY / UNIVERSITY "LA SAPIENZA", ROME / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PROF. P. MOTTA / DEPT. OF ANATOMY / UNIVERSITY "LA SAPIENZA", ROME / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
A spermatozoon on the uterine mucosa. False-colour scanning electron micrograph of a spermatozoon floating over the endometrium, the internal wall of the uterus. Spermatozoa have pear-shaped heads about 7 microns long and a tail about 60 microns long. This image also shows the two different types of simple columnar cells which populate this area: ciliated (orange bottom left) and secretory (pink, yellow). During their journey through the uterus towards the Fallopian tubes spermatozoa undergo a capacitation process which enable them to penetrate and then fertilise an egg. Magnification: x2200 at 6x7cm size.
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