The effect of platelet-derived growth factor-BB on adult rat Leydig cell steroidogenesis has been determined using culture conditions which maintain testosterone production and responsiveness to luteinising hormone for 3 days. A significant stimulation of testosterone levels was observed in acute response to a maximally stimulating dose (8 ng/ml) of rat luteinising hormone on the third day of culture, but was dependent on pre-exposure of the Leydig cells to PDGF-BB for 2 days, whilst maintained in the presence of a minimum dose (0.1 ng/ml) of rat luteinising hormone. These data demonstrate a very discrete action of PDGF-BB on adult rat Leydig cell steroidogenesis in vitro, but whether or not this constitutes a significant paracrine effect in vivo remains to be established.
- Leydig cells
- Platelet-derived growth factor-BB