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Open Access Abnormalities of Gonadotrophs in the Adenohypophysis of Infertile Male PD Rats

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Male PD strain rats are sterile in the homozygous condition (pd/pd) due to abnormal spermatogenesis detectable at around nine weeks of age. Previous studies have indicated electron microscopic abnormalities in the Sertoli cells of pd/pd males at three and 12 weeks of age. Since spermatogenesis and Sertoli cell function depend on gonadotropins (luteinizing and follicle-stimulating hormones [LH and FSH]) and testosterone, production and/or secretion of these hormones might be altered in pd/pd males. The aim of the study reported here was to investigate the hormonal status of pd/pd males at three, six, and nine weeks of age. Although alteration was not evident in the LHimmunoreactive cells, FSH-immunoreactive cells in pd/pd males were small in size with scant cytoplasm and were reduced in number and area (73 and 51% of phenotypically normal pd/+ males, respectively) at three weeks of age, although serum FSH concentration was similar to that in pd/+ males. At six and nine weeks of age, percentages of the areas occupied by LH- and FSH-immunoreactive cells in pd/pd males were higher than those in pd/+ males. Serum FSH concentration in pd/pd males was significantly high at nine weeks of age, although a difference in serum LH and testosterone concentration was not evident. These results suggest that FSH production in pd/pd males is decreased at three weeks of age. This might be associated with the Sertoli cell abnormalities and subsequent abnormal spermatogenesis seen in adult life.

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Affiliations: 1: Laboratory of Reproductive Toxicology, Toxicology Division I, Institute of Environmental Toxicology, Uchimoriya-machi 4321, Mitsukaido-shi, Ibaraki 303-0043, Japan 2: Metabolism Laboratory I, Chemistry Division, Institute of Environmental Toxicology, Uchimoriya-machi 4321, Mitsukaido-shi, Ibaraki 303-0043, Japan

Publication date: 2001-10-01

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