Research Paper Volume 12, Issue 10 pp 8987—8999

in vivo cellular evidence of autophagic associated spermiophagy within the principal cells during sperm storage in epididymis of the turtle

Figure 8. Ultrastructure: Formation of concentric layer around sperm heads undergoing engulfment. Al: autolysosome; Cd: cytoplasmic droplet of spermatozoa, L: lysosome, Mit: mitochondria, Sp: spermatozoa (H: head, Mid: midpiece, T: tail). Rectangular area showed enlarged area. Black arrow: interconnected zone, White arrow: electron translucent zone, Curved black arrow: numerous concentric layers around spermatozoa head, Thick white arrow: reduced electron translucent zone, Arrowhead: autophagic activity. Scale bar: (A, C) 5 μm and (B) 2 μm.