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Leydig cells

M C Lardone, F Argandoña, M Flórez, A Parada-Bustamante, M Ebensperger, C Palma, A Piottante, A Castro
Several observational studies have showed a combination of lower testosterone (T) to LH ratio and higher estradiol (E2 ) to T ratio in secretory infertile men compared to men with normal spermatogenesis, suggesting a steroidogenic dysfunction of Leydig cells (Lc) that may involve increased aromatase activity. Low T/LH ratio is associated with Lc hyperplasia, which together with LH hyperstimulation may represent compensation for impaired T production. Aromatase expression and oestrogen production are mainly detected in Lc of the testis, although Sertoli and germ cells also contribute to testicular aromatase activity...
October 21, 2016: Andrology
Yiyan Wang, Kaiming Yuan, Xiaoheng Li, Zhijian Su, Xingwang Li, Hongguo Guan, Ying Su, Hong-Shan Ge, Ren-Shan Ge
Leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF) has many physiological roles. However, its effects on Leydig cell development are still unclear. Rat immature and adult Leydig cells were cultured with different concentrations of LIF alone or in combination with luteinizing hormone (LH) for 24 h. LIF (1 and 10 ng/ml) significantly increased androgen production in immature Leydig cells, but had no effects on testosterone production in adult Leydig cells. Further studies revealed that LIF dose-dependently increased Star and Hsd17b3 expression levels in immature Leydig cells...
October 19, 2016: Growth Factors
Akihiro Takeda, Kazuko Watanabe, Shotaro Hayashi, Sanae Imoto, Hiromi Nakamura
BACKGROUND: Gynandroblastoma is an extremely rare ovarian sex cord tumor with malignant potential. CASE: An 18-year-old adolescent experienced intermittent vaginal bleeding. A year later, right adnexal mass with a heterogeneous imaging appearance was identified. Laparoendoscopic single-site ovarian tumorectomy was performed. A histopathological examination showed gynandroblastoma composed of juvenile granulosa and Sertoli-Leydig cells. Since the tumor was upstaged to stage Ic due to cyst rupture during surgery, three cycles of adjuvant chemotherapy with carboplatin and paclitaxel were added...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
Haolin Chen, Yiyan Wang, Renshan Ge, Barry R Zirkin
Adult Leydig cells develop from undifferentiated mesenchymal-like stem cells (stem Leydig cells, SLCs) present in the interstitial compartment of the early postnatal testis. Putative SLCs also have been identified in peritubular and perivascular locations of the adult testis. The latter cells, which normally are quiescent, are capable of regenerating new Leydig cells upon the loss of the adult cells. Recent studies have identified several protein markers to identify these cells, including nestin, PDGFRα, COUP-TFII, CD51 and CD90...
October 12, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Seyyed Mohammad Reza Hashemnia, Somayeh Atari-Hajipirloo, Shiva Roshan-Milani, Nasim Valizadeh, Sonya Mahabadi, Fatemeh Kheradmand
BACKGROUND: The anticancer agent imatinib (IM) is a small molecular analog of ATP that inhibits tyrosine kinase activity of platelet derived growth factors (PDGFs) and stem cell factor (SCF) receptor in cancer cells. However these factors have a key role in regulating growth and development of normal Sertoli, Leydig and germ cells. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine cell viability, PDGF and SCF levels in mouse normal Sertoli cells exposed to IM. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this experimental study, the mouse TM4 Sertoli cells were treated with 0, 2...
September 2016: International Journal of Reproductive Biomedicine (Yazd, Iran)
Takashi Umehara, Ikko Kawashima, Tomoko Kawai, Yumi Hoshino, Ken-Ichirou Morohashi, Yuichi Shima, Wenxian Zeng, JoAnne S Richards, Masayuki Shimada
Adult Leydig cells are derived from proliferating stem/progenitor Leydig cells in the infant testis and subsequent differentiation to steroidogenic cells in adult mice. Leydig cell proliferation in the infant testis occurs primarily in response to increased levels of LH that induce Leydig cell expression of neuregulin 1, NRG1. Depletion of NRG1 in Nrg1 mutant mice (Nrg1(flox;flox); Cyp19a1Cre mice) dramatically reduces Leydig cell proliferation in the infant testes leading to reduction of testis weight, epididymial weight and serum testosterone in the adult mutant mice...
October 12, 2016: Endocrinology
Anthony N J Claes, Barry A Ball
Anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) plays a major role in sexual differentiation, Leydig cell differentiation, and folliculogenesis. In addition, AMH has clinical value in equine practice. In stallions, AMH can serve as an endocrine marker for equine cryptorchidism and as an immunohistochemical marker for Sertoli cell tumors. Considering that AMH is also an ovarian specific product, intact mares can be differentiated from ovariectomized mares. Peripheral AMH concentrations reflect the follicular population in mares, and therefore, are useful in the assessment of ovarian reserve and reproductive life-span of aged mares...
October 8, 2016: Veterinary Clinics of North America. Equine Practice
Jason A Jarzembowski
Dr. Louis "Pepper" Dehner is an internationally renowned surgical pathologist, especially in the subspecialty of pediatric pathology. Although his clinical and academic expertise are broad, with over 400 published articles, some of his most intriguing contributions have been in the area of pediatric renal and genitourinary pathology. This review focuses on the entities in these following organ systems where he has focused his efforts: malignant rhabdoid tumor, renal medullary carcinoma, Ewing sarcoma/peripheral neuroectodermal tumor, and the DICER1-related lesions cystic nephroma, embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma of the uterine cervix, and Sertoli-Leydig cell tumor...
August 31, 2016: Seminars in Diagnostic Pathology
Yufeng Gong, Hua Tian, Yifei Dong, Xiaona Zhang, Wei Wang, Shaoguo Ru
Refuse leachate is likely an important source of androgens. However, common in vitro bioassays underestimate the potential androgenic activity of leachate, owing to non-receptor-mediated mechanisms that modify the balance of sex hormones and promote the accumulation of endogenous androgens. This study aimed to develop an in vivo assay by using multiple biomarkers related to testosterone synthesis and conversion for assessing the potential androgenic activity of refuse leachate sampled from a municipal solid waste treatment plant in Qingdao, China...
October 4, 2016: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
A M Mahran, D A Elgamal, H H Ghafeer, S A Abdel-Maksoud, A A Farrag
The study aimed to compare the histological features of Leydig cells and macrophages in the testicular interstitium of obstructive versus nonobstructive azoospermia. Thirty-nine azoospermic men undergoing testicular sperm extraction during intracytoplasmic sperm injection were allocated into obstructive azoospermia group (GI) and nonobstructive azoospermia group (GII) which was subdivided into Sertoli cell-only syndrome (GIIA), germ cell arrest (GIIB) and hypospermatogenesis (GIIC) subgroups. Serum LH, FSH and testosterone levels were measured...
October 6, 2016: Andrologia
Robert E Chapin, Douglas J Ball, Zaher A Radi, Steven W Kumpf, Petra H Koza-Taylor, David M Potter, W Mark Vogel
Tofacitinib is an oral Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitor for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Tofacitinib preferentially inhibits receptor signaling through JAK3 and JAK1, relative to JAK2. In the 2-year rat carcinogenicity study, there were tofacitinib, dose-related increases in the incidences of testicular Leydig cell hyperplasia and benign adenomas in male rats, and decreased incidences of mammary tumors and duct dilatation/galactocele in female rats. Such findings in rats are typical of agents, such as dopamine agonists, which decrease prolactin (PRL) activity...
October 5, 2016: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
F Belva, M Bonduelle, M Roelants, D Michielsen, A Van Steirteghem, G Verheyen, H Tournaye
STUDY QUESTION: What is the semen quality of young adult men who were conceived 18-22 years ago by ICSI for male infertility? SUMMARY ANSWER: In this cohort of 54 young adult ICSI men, median sperm concentration, total sperm count and total motile sperm count were significantly lower than in spontaneously conceived peers. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: The oldest ICSI offspring cohort worldwide has recently reached adulthood. Hence, their reproductive health can now be investigated...
October 5, 2016: Human Reproduction
A Ulloa-Aguirre, S Lira-Albarrán
The pituitary gonadotropins, luteinizing hormone (LH), and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) play a pivotal role in reproduction. The synthesis and secretion of gonadotropins are regulated by complex interactions among several endocrine, paracrine, and autocrine factors of diverse chemical structure. In men, LH regulates the synthesis of androgens by the Leydig cells, whereas FSH promotes Sertoli cell function and thereby influences spermatogenesis. Gonadotropins are complex molecules composed of two subunits, the α- and β-subunit, that are noncovalently associated...
2016: Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science
Hector Mesa, Scott Gilles, Milton W Datta, Paari Murugan, Wendy Larson, Susan Dachel, Carlos Manivel
We performed a detailed morphologic, immunophenotypic, and endocrine characterization of neoplastic and non-neoplastic lesions of androgen-producing cells known to harbor or lack Reinke crystals (RCs) with an aim to provide further insight into the nature of these cells and crystals. Study cases were selected from the files of participating hospitals and subclassified according to current classifications: 20 with Leydig cell tumors (LCTs), 2 with testicular adrenal rest tumors (TARTs), 2 with testicular tumors of adrenogenital syndrome (TTAGS), and 2 with androgen insensitivity syndrome (AIS)...
October 1, 2016: Virchows Archiv: An International Journal of Pathology
Rinku Pal, Qingen Ke, German A Pihan, Ayce Yesilaltay, Marsha L Penman, Li Wang, Chandramohan Chitraju, Peter M Kang, Monty Krieger, Olivier Kocher
The HDL receptor SR-BI mediates the transfer of cholesteryl esters from HDL to cells and controls HDL abundance and structure. Depending on the genetic background, loss of SR-BI causes hypercholesterolemia, anemia, reticulocytosis, splenomegaly, thrombocytopenia, female infertility and fatal coronary heart disease (CHD). The C-terminus of SR-BI (505QEAKL509) must bind to the cytoplasmic adaptor PDZK1 for normal hepatic -but not steroidogenic cell- expression of SR-BI protein. To determine if SR-BI's C-terminus is also required for normal protein levels in steroidogenic cells, we introduced into SR-BI's gene a 507Ala/STOP mutation that produces a truncated receptor (SR-BIΔCT)...
September 30, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Dragos Scarlet, Christine Aurich, Natascha Ille, Ingrid Walter, Corinna Weber, Dagmar Pieler, Walter Peinhopf, Peter Wohlsein, Jörg Aurich
Eight-week-old calves were either castrated by partial scrotal resection (SR) without removing the testes (n = 10), Burdizzo (BZ) clamp (n = 10), orchidectomy (OR; n = 10), or were left gonad intact as controls (CO; n = 10). Concentrations of anti-Muellerian hormone (AMH), inhibin A, luteinizing hormone (LH), and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) in plasma were determined from 16 to 48 weeks of age. At 18 months, testes of SR, BZ, and CO bulls were obtained and the immunolocalization of LH and FSH receptors and AMH analyzed...
September 7, 2016: Theriogenology
K Hartmann, J Bennien, B Wapelhorst, K Bakhaus, V Schumacher, S Kliesch, W Weidner, M Bergmann, J Geyer, D Fietz
Within the human testis, large amounts of sulfated steroid hormones are produced. As shown in breast tissue and placenta, these might not only be excretion intermediates, but re-activated in target cells by steroid sulfatase (STS). This process is called sulfatase pathway and may play a pivotal role in para- and/or intracrine regulation by creating a local supply for steroid hormones. This requires a facilitated transport via uptake carriers and efflux transporters as these hydrophilic molecules cannot pass the cell membrane...
September 29, 2016: Histochemistry and Cell Biology
Ala Abdelali, Maie Al-Bader, Narayana Kilarkaje
Diabetes induces oxidative stress, DNA damage and alters several intracellular signaling pathways in organ systems. This study investigated modulatory effects of Trans-Resveratrol on type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM)-induced abnormal spermatogenesis, DNA damage and alterations in poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) signaling in rat testis. Trans-Resveratrol administration (5mg/kg/day, ip) to Streptozotocin-induced T1DM adult male Wistar rats from day 22-42 resulted in recovery of induced oxidative stress, abnormal spermatogenesis and inhibited DNA synthesis, and led to mitigation of 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine formation in the testis and spermatozoa, and DNA double-strand breaks in the testis...
September 27, 2016: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
M Zubair, M Ahmad, M K Saleemi, S T Gul, N Ahmad, S Umar
The objective of this study was to investigate the toxic effects of arsenic on testicular measurements and histology of adult Teddy goats bucks and to examine whether these toxic effects are scavenged by vitamin E. Twelve adult Teddy goat bucks were divided randomly into three groups, A, B and C. Group A was kept as control, the B was given sodium arsenite 5 mg/kg BW per day, and group C was fed with vitamin E 200 mg/kg BW per day + arsenic 5 mg/kg BW per day. This treatment was continued for 84 days. Analysis of data revealed that the testicular measurements (scrotal circumference, width, length and weight) were significantly reduced in arsenic-treated animals, whereas there were ameliorating effects of vitamin E on these parameters...
September 29, 2016: Andrologia
Maria Etelvina Pinto-Fochi, Eloísa Zanin Pytlowanciv, Vanessa Reame, Alex Rafacho, Daniele Lisboa Ribeiro, Sebastião Roberto Taboga, Rejane M Góes
This study evaluated the impact of a high-fat diet (HFD) during different stages of the rat life, associated or not with maternal obesity, on the content of sex steroid hormones and the morphophysiology of Leydig cells. The following periods of development were examined: (O1) gestation, (O2) gestation and lactation, (O3) from weaning to adulthood, (O4) from lactation to adulthood, (O5) gestation to adulthood and (O6) after sexual maturation. The HFD contained 20% unsaturated fat while the control diet was 4% fat...
September 27, 2016: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
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