The immunohistochemical localization of the vascular endothelial growth factor and its receptors in the testes and epididymis of the rabbit


Antepli N., BEYAZ F.

ANKARA UNIVERSITESI VETERINER FAKULTESI DERGISI, cilt.64, ss.289-299, 2017 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 64 Konu: 4
  • Basım Tarihi: 2017
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1501/vetfak_0000002812
  • Dergi Adı: ANKARA UNIVERSITESI VETERINER FAKULTESI DERGISI
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.289-299

Özet

This study was aimed at demonstrating the immunohistochemical expression of VEGF and its receptors flt-1 and flk-1 in the testes and epididymis of the rabbit and at investigating the potential role of these molecules in testicular and epididymal physiology. The testes and epididymis of 15 male adult New Zealand rabbits constituted the material of the study. The streptavidinbiotin complex (ABC) immunohistochemical technique was used to determine the localization of VEGF and its receptors flt-1 and flk-1 in the testes and epididymis. In the testes, immunoreactivity for VEGF and its receptors flt-1 and flk-1 was observed in the Sertoli cells and spermatogonia in the seminiferous tubules throughout all of the spermatogenic stages from I to VIII and in the Leydig cells of the interstitium. Furthermore, immunoreactivity was also observed in the acrosome of the spermatids in seminiferous tubules for VEGF at stages V, VI, VII and VIII and in the acrosome of the spermatids at stages VII and VIII and the blood vessels of the interstitium for flk-1. Positive immunoreactivity, ranging from strong to weak, was detected for VEGF, flt-1 and flk-1 in the cytoplasm of the principal, apical, basal and clear cells of the epithelium lining the epididymal initial segment and the caput, corpus and cauda epididymidis. The specific localization of the VEGF protein and its receptors flt-1 and flk-1 in the testes of the rabbit suggests that these molecules could have a functional role in several processes, including spermatogonial differentiation, spermiogenesis, acrosome development in spermatids, steroidogenesis in Leydig cells, epididymal sperm maturation, and the maintenance of the bloodepididymis barrier.