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J Vet Med Sci. 2013;75(8):1071-5. Epub 2013 Mar 18.

Immunolocalization of cytoskeletal proteins in the testes of two Asian cervids: water deer (Hydropotes inermis) and Reeves' muntjac (Muntiacus reevesi).

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  • 1College of Veterinary Medicine, Seoul National University, 1 Gwanangno, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 151-742, Korea.


In order to gather basic reproductive information of the water deer and Reeves' muntjac, the immunolocalization of the cytoskeleton proteins in the testes and epididymides of these two species was investigated. The distribution pattern of cytoskeletal proteins in these two species was similar. The desmin was detected in the peritubular myoid cells of the testes and the sub-epithelial cells of the epididymal ducts. Vimentin was observed in the myoid cells, Leydig cells and perinuclear region of the Sertoli cells. Intense immunoreactions for α-smooth muscle actin were restricted to the smooth vascular muscle cells and the peritubular myoid cells in the testes. From the present results, it appears that these distribution patterns of cytoskeletal proteins may be common in the cervids.

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