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Boar Spermatozoa Within the Uterine Environment

  • Marc YesteEmail author
  • M. Castillo-Martín
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Abstract

The present chapter overviews some aspects of the anatomy, histology and physiology of the female genital tract, focusing especially on the uterus, through which sperm are transported. Moreover, some aspects of sperm interaction with uterinic epithelial cells are referred to in line with recent studies. This chapter also deals with other relevant aspects, such as the functional role of ejaculate volume on sperm transport, and the effects of placing sperm at different parts of the sows’ tract in fertility and prolificacy rates. Finally, it ends with the role of reproductive immunology in response to spermatozoa, seminal plasma and short- and long-term extenders within the intrauterine environment.

Keywords

Uterine body Uterine cornua Sperm-uterinic cells interaction Sperm transport Reproductive immunology 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Unit of Animal Reproduction, Department of Animal Medicine and Surgery, Faculty of Veterinary MedicineAutonomous University of BarcelonaBellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès, Barcelona)Spain
  2. 2.Biotechnology of Animal and Human Reproduction (TechnoSperm), Department of Biology, Institute of Food and Agricultural TechnologyUniversity of GironaGironaSpain

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