Testis Development Movie

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Testis and Ductus Deferens Development

This animation shows the process of early testis and ductus deferens (vas deferens) development.


  • Paramesonephric duct (red left, Müllerian duct) degenerates under the influence of Anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) secreted by sertoli cells (differentiated by SRY expression).
  • Mesonephric duct (purple, Wolffian duct) differentiates under the influence of testosterone secreted by Leydig cells. Within the testes these mesonephric tubules grow towards the medullary sex cords and will form the rete teste. The mesonephric duct extending out of the gonad forms the ductus deferens.
  • Medullary sex cords (orange) form testis cords.
    • these later differentiate into solid seminiferous tubules that during puberty become hollow and actively produce spermatozoa.
  • The surrounding connective tissue (pink) differentiates to form stromal cells.
  • The tunica albuginea (white) covers the testis and bands extend inward to form connective tissue septa.


Compare this animation with that for ovary development animation.

Embryonically, both gonads (testis and ovary) and internal genital tracts (ductus deferens and uterus) begin with the same basic elements that have divergent pathways under the initial influence of the sex chromosomes (Y and X).


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Testis histology

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Testis historic drawing

Note these 2 images are anatomically the mirror image of the above animation.


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Cite this page: Hill, M.A. (2019, December 12) Embryology Testis Development Movie. Retrieved from https://embryology.med.unsw.edu.au/embryology/index.php/Testis_Development_Movie

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