1. Analysis of rams testes revealed that phosphatidylcholine was the major phospholipid and accounted for about 40% of the total. Only small amounts of choline plasmalogen were present. 2. The ratio of phosphatidylcholine to choline plasmalogen in the testis was very different from that occurring in the spermatozoa. This result was in contrast with those for rat testis and rat spermatozoa (obtained from the head of the epididymis), where the ratio of the two lipids was very similar. 3. Infusions of [32P]orthophosphate into the testicular artery of rams resulted in incorporation of radioactivity into most phospholipids; phosphatidylinositol labelling accounted for 68% and 39% of the radioactivity after infusions lasting 3hr. and 5hr. respectively. 4. With the exception of phosphatidic acid the specific radioactivity of phosphatidylinositol was higher than that of any other lipid. 5. After the infusion of [U−14C]glucose, triglycerides accounted for about 60% of the radioactivity in testicular neutral lipids, whereas diglycerides had only about 15% of the radioactivity. 6. Palmitic acid (16:0) was the major component both in neutral lipids and phospholipids of ram testes. 7. The effects of gonadotrophic hormones (luteinizing hormone and follicle-stimulating hormone) on the incorporation of [32P]orthophosphate into total testicular phospholipids in vivo were also examined.
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