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Peter J. Russell + 2 others
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Discuss Concepts Sertoli cells protect spermatocytes from attack by antibodies during their development in the human male. What structures might protect the oocyte and egg from attack by antibodies in the human female?

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The structure that protects the oocyte and egg from attack by antibodies in the human female.

Introduction:

Sertoli cells are present in the human male reproductive system. These are are present in the seminiferous tubules of the testis. Sperms are also produced in the seminiferous tubules. Sertoli cells are supportive cells surrounded by the developing spermatocytes in the seminiferous tubules.

Explanation

The spermatocytes are protected by Sertoli cells from attack by antibodies during their development in the human male. The Sertoli cells are also known as nurse cells. The Sertoli cells protect a large number of auto-antigenic germ cells by limiting insects by the immune system. The female structure that might protect the oocyte and egg from attack by the antibodies in the human female is corona radiata.

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