Inhibin secretion is influenced by Ley dig cells: evidence from studies using the cytotoxin ethane dimethane sulphonate (EDS)

D. M.DE KRETSER, P. C. O'LEARY, D. C. IRBY, G. P. RISBRIDGER

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Abstract

Adult male rats given a single intraperitoneal injection of the Leydig cell cytotoxin ethane dimethane sulphonate (EDS) show a significant decrease in testosterone from 7 to 14 days, and elevation of serum FSH and LH levels commencing 7 days after treatment, returning to normal at 28 days for LH and 49 days for FSH. A significant rise in serum inhibin levels was seen at day 14 after EDS treatment with levels returning to normal at day 49. In a second series of experiments, silastic implants of testosterone, either 2.5 cm or 22.5 cm in length, were introduced subcutaneously into adult male rats which were treated with EDS 10 days later. Both doses of testosterone suppressed basal LH levels but did not significantly change FSH levels. The rise in FSH and LH levels seen in normal rats after EDS treatment did not occur in either group of testosterone‐implanted rats. However, serum inhibin levels rose significantly in both groups after EDS treatment, suggesting that the rise in serum inhibin levels was not due to stimulation arising from the increase in FSH levels after EDS treatment. The data suggest that the rise in serum inhibin levels after EDS treatment is linked to destruction of the Leydig cells through mechanisms that require further investigation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-280
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Andrology
Volume12
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1989

Keywords

  • ethane dimethane sulphonate
  • FSH
  • inhibin
  • Leydig cell
  • testosterone

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