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TitleUltrastructure of the Male Urogenital Glands [electronic resource] : Prostate, Seminal Vesicles, Urethral, and Bulbourethral Glands / edited by Alessandro Riva, Francesca Testa Riva, Pietro Motta
ImprintBoston, MA : Springer US : Imprint: Springer, 1994
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Descript XIII, 201 p. online resource


Male urogenital glands (also named male accessory sex glands) have received relatively little attention from electron microscopists, with the possible exception of the prostate gland. Moreover, even though comparative studies have clearly shown that these glands exhibit species-dependent features, very few studies, scattered over various publications, are available on the urogenital glands of man. This volume, the 11th of the series on Electron Microscopy in Biology and Medicine, presents an unprecedented collection of information on the functional microanatomy and cytoarchitecture of these organs in humans. Through the integration of transmission and scanning electron microscopy with a variety of modern techniques, it documents the most important aspects of the histophysiology of these glands from their development to some pathological alterations. In order to cover some key mechanisms of their cell biology, such as the action of sex hormones, the epithelio-mesenchymal interactions, and the dynamic of the secretory process, reports on human organs have been supplemented by some studies on experimental animals. The outstanding level of the contributions and the quality of the illustrations make this book, which has been compiled by some of the world authorities on the topic, a work of reference for students, scientists, and professionals interested in biomedical foundations of andrology, as well as a stimulus for future research in this exciting and relatively neglected chapter of human reproduction


1. Normal and abnormal development of human male accessory sex glands -- 2. Role of mesenchymal-epithelial interactions in normal and abnormal development of male urogenital glands -- 3. Epithelium of the distal portion of the human spermatic pathway: Seminal vesicle, ampulla ductus deferentis, and ejaculatory duct -- Secretion and endocytosis in the seminal vesicles -- Functional morphology of prostate gland -- Female prostatic glands: A comparative study -- Histochemistry and electron microscopy for diagnosis of prostatic cancer -- 8. A review of the ultrastructure of human prostatic and urethral endocrine-paracrine cells and neuroendocrine differentiation in prostatic carcinoma -- 9. Human bulbourethral and urethral glands -- 10. ABH and Lewis antigens in human male accessory sex glands -- 11. Autonomic innervation of the human male accessory sex glands

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