Sperm storage and spermatozoa interaction with epithelial cells in oviduct of Chinese soft-shelled turtle, Pelodiscus sinensis
Shaofan Chen, Linli Zhang, Yuan Le, Yasir Waqas, Wei Chen, Qian Zhang, Shakeeb Ullah, Tengfei Liu, Lisi Hu, Quanfu Li and Ping Yang
Article first published online: 7 JUL 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/ece3.1575
Spermatozoa can be stored within isthmus, uterine and vagina for a long time in the Chinese soft-shelled turtle after natural mating. The protection or/and nutrition of the oviduct epithelium, and the small population of immune cells in the genital tract would facilitate long-term sperm storage. In addition, Chinese soft-shelled turtle may be a potential model for uncovering the mechanism behind the sperm storage phenomenon.