The motility of rabbit spermatozoa recovered from the female reproductive tract

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The motility of rabbit spermatozoa recovered from the vagina, endocervix, uterus, and four regions of the oviduct was assessed visually by phase‚Äźcontrast microscopy at intervals from one minute to 16 hours after a single mating. The percentage of motile cells in each sample was dependent on the temperature of recovery, ie, 23° vs 37°C, but was not influenced by the temperature of observation. Spermatozoa in the lower isthmus of the oviduct were the most temperature sensitive population to recovery at 23°C. When all manipulations and observations were performed at 37°C, the percentage of spermatozoa with progressive motility varied according to the region sampled and interval after mating. Populations from the vagina, uterus and upper regions of the oviduct usually had a high proportion of progressively motile cells with vigorous flagellar activity. Fewer spermatozoa showed progressive movement on recovery from the endocervix and lower 2 cm of the tubal isthmus and their flagellar activity was generally depressed. The decrease in flagellar beat frequency noted in the latter regions may be a major factor limiting sperm ascent in the female tract. A unique pattern of “activated” motility was seen exclusively in populations taken from the oviducts at 6 to 16 hours after mating. This motility pattern, consisting of alternating episodes of linear progressive and vigorous nonprogressive movement, may be analogous to the activated motility described for capacitated rodent spermatozoa. Copyright © 1979 Alan R. Liss, Inc.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Cooper, GW; Overstreet, JW; Katz, DF

Published Date

  • January 1, 1979

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 2 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 35 - 42

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1554-3919

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0148-7280

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/mrd.1120020105

Citation Source

  • Scopus