zona pellucida

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zona pellucida

[′zō·nə pə′lüs·əd·ə]
(histology)
The thick, solid, elastic envelope of the ovum. Also known as oolemma.
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In our study, the pellucid zone of the vitellogenic oocytes showed two layers of neutral glycoproteins in all species, which is a common content of pellucid zone of vertebrates (Lubzens et al., 2010).
This assumption is reinforced by ultrastructure studies showing, in species with adhesive eggs, follicular cells with a large amount of organelles that synthesize mucosubstances that are transferred to the pellucid zone for a strong adhesiveness of the eggs to the substratum (Andrade, Bazzoli, Rizzo, & Sato, 2001; Rizzo et al., 2002; Santos et al., 2006).
N, Nucleus; FC, Follicular cells; ZP, Pellucid zone; CA, Cortical alveoli; YG, Yolk globules.