Fine structural features of Sertoli cells

  • Leif Plöen
  • E. Martin Ritzén
Part of the Electron Microscopy in Biology and Medicine book series (EMBM, volume 2)


The Sertoli cell may be defined as, ‘a somatic cell associated individually and simultaneously with several generations of germ cells’ (30). In 1865, Sertoli (37) described these cells as ‘celluli ramificato’ and since 1888 (6) they have borne his name. Attempts have been made to introduce other names — sustentacular cells or sustenocytes, supporting cells, nurse cells — but the name Sertoli cells is generally accepted today.


Sertoli Cell Seminiferous Tubule Seminiferous Epithelium Ectoplasmic Specialization Sertoli Cell Function 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leif Plöen
    • 1
  • E. Martin Ritzén
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Anatomy and Histology Faculty of Veterinary MedicineSwedish University of Agricultural SciencesUppsalaSweden
  2. 2.Pediatric Endocrinology UnitKarolinska SjukhusetStockholmSweden

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