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Sertoli cells, TEM

Sertoli cells, TEM

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STEVE GSCHMEISSNER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY STEVE GSCHMEISSNER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Sertoli cells, Coloured transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of sertoli cells (pink) from a section of testis. Because their main function is to nourish the developing sperm cells (top yellow) through the stages of spermatogenesis, the Sertoli cell has also been called the "mother" or "nurse" cell. Sertoli cells also act as phagocytes, consuming the residual cytoplasm during spermatogenesis. The cytoplasm contains a central nucleus, mitochondria (purple), lipid droplets (dark purple) and agranular endoplasmic reticulum. Magnification: x3000 when printed at 10 centimetres high.

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