This paper describes an approach for studying the structure of glycoconjugates found in the principal cells lining the epididymal duct in adult and prepubertal horses, using ten different lectin horseradish conjugates: Con-A, LCA, WGA, GSA-II, SBA, PNA, RCA-I, DBA, UEA-I, and LTA. Saponification and sialidase procedures, followed by lectin binding, were employed to visualize the distribution and to reveal the sequence of sialoglycoconjugates in ductus epididymis. In the adult horse the results demonstrated variations in the content and distribution of glycosidic residues of glycoconjugates in different epididymal regions (caput, corpus, cauda) and vas deferens, suggesting that each epididymal segment has a specific function. In particular, staining of the Golgi-zone in the principal cells lining corpus epididymis was interpreted as evidence for synthesis and secretion of glycoconjugates and sialoglycoconjugates. In the prepubertal horse, only the glycocalyx of the epithelial cells lining the epididymal duct showed reactivity toward the different lectins used, suggesting hormonal regulation of the epididymis activity. Additional, the heterogeneity of the lectin staining pattern of the adult horse epididymis reported in this investigation also suggests the existence of different functional segments along the epididymal duct.

Detection of glycoconjugates in the ductus epididymis of the prepubertal and adult horse by lectin histochemistry

PARILLO, Francesco;
1997

Abstract

This paper describes an approach for studying the structure of glycoconjugates found in the principal cells lining the epididymal duct in adult and prepubertal horses, using ten different lectin horseradish conjugates: Con-A, LCA, WGA, GSA-II, SBA, PNA, RCA-I, DBA, UEA-I, and LTA. Saponification and sialidase procedures, followed by lectin binding, were employed to visualize the distribution and to reveal the sequence of sialoglycoconjugates in ductus epididymis. In the adult horse the results demonstrated variations in the content and distribution of glycosidic residues of glycoconjugates in different epididymal regions (caput, corpus, cauda) and vas deferens, suggesting that each epididymal segment has a specific function. In particular, staining of the Golgi-zone in the principal cells lining corpus epididymis was interpreted as evidence for synthesis and secretion of glycoconjugates and sialoglycoconjugates. In the prepubertal horse, only the glycocalyx of the epithelial cells lining the epididymal duct showed reactivity toward the different lectins used, suggesting hormonal regulation of the epididymis activity. Additional, the heterogeneity of the lectin staining pattern of the adult horse epididymis reported in this investigation also suggests the existence of different functional segments along the epididymal duct.
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