Sertoli cell

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Named for Enrico Sertoli, who published the first description of these cells in 1865.


Sertoli cell (plural Sertoli cells)

  1. (anatomy) A kind of sustentacular cell which serves as a "nurse" cell of the testes and which is part of a seminiferous tubule.
    • 2015, Claire Ainsworth, ‘Sex redefined’, Nature, vol. 518, issue 7539:
      In 2009, researchers reported7 deactivating an ovarian gene called Foxl2 in adult female mice; they found that the granulosa cells that support the development of eggs transformed into Sertoli cells, which support sperm development.