Comparative aspects of acrosomal formation

  • Jerome S. Kaye
Part of the Electron Microscopy in Biology and Medicine book series (EMBM, volume 2)


The acrosome is an organelle which is attached to the anterior part of the nucleus of animal sperm and forms the apical body of the sperm. It contains enzymes which lyse the oocyte membranes to permit entry of the sperm for fertilization. In some marine sperm the acrosome also ejects a filament which makes the initial contact of the sperm with the egg. Acrosome structure (1), and evolution (2), have been carefully reviewed recently, as well as aspects of acrosome formation and physiology (3).


Transmission Electron Micrograph Meiotic Division Acrosomal Vesicle Early Spermatid House Cricket 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jerome S. Kaye
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiologyUniversity of RochesterRochesterUSA

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