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Sertoli cells

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Supporting elongated cells of seminoferous tubules (tubuli seminiferi contorti). They provide nourishment to the sperm cells for the duration of spermatogenesis until the mature spermatozoa is formed. Sertoli cells form the blood-testis barrier.


  • E. Sertoli:
    Dell’esistenza di particolari cellule ramificate nei canalicoli seminiferi del testicolo umano.
    Morgagni, 1865, 7: 31-40.

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