Testicular macrophages of aging mice were studied by TEM. Testicular macrophages retained with Leydig cells the close morphological relationships observed in the adult young animals, but digitations were not found. Lipofuscin granules like those of the Leydig cells from aging mice were observed in the cytoplasm. These organelles were generally absent in the testicular macrophages of young adult mice. Testicular macrophages did not display phagocytosis of the lipofuscin granules. In addition, the latter were not found in the intercellular spaces. These observations indicated that lipofuscin granules were formed, at least in a great part, within testicular macrophages as a consequence of metabolic changes occurring with age. Fine lamellar organization was seen in the lipofuscin granules of both Leydig cells and testicular macrophages. Frequently, lipofuscin granules originated from secondary lysosomes containing lipidic vacuoles only. Together with accumulation of the lipofuscin granules, changes of testicular macrophage fine morphology were observed. Endoplasmic reticulum and Golgi apparatus became poorly developed, and coated vesicles were rarely found. Fewer mitochondria were encountered, but their ultrastructure was not altered. These results suggest that in testicular macrophages lipofuscin accumulation is associated with a functional involution.
|Autori:||GIANNESSI F; GIAMBELLUCA MA; SCAVUZZO MC; RUFFOLI R|
|Titolo:||Ultrastructure of testicular macrophages in aging mice|
|Anno del prodotto:||2005|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|