It is also called an "intercalary" cell or "secretory" cell.
These cells produce a fluid that is rich in nutrients for spermatozoa, oocytes, and zygotes. The cellular secretions also promote the capacitation of spermatozoa by removing glycoproteins and other molecules from their cell membranes.
The cells are outnumbered by ciliated cells in the oviduct, though their number can increase in response to progesterone.
- Ancel Blaustein; Robert J. Kurman (2002). Blaustein's pathology of the female genital tract. Springer. pp. 619–. ISBN 978-0-387-95203-1. Retrieved 18 November 2010.
- Liang Cheng; David G. Bostwick (2006). Essentials of anatomic pathology. Springer. pp. 1093–. ISBN 978-1-58829-461-6. Retrieved 18 November 2010.
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