Apr 1, 1976

Changes in (3H)leucine incorporation into pineal proteins following estradiol or testosterone administration: involvement of the sympathetic superior cervical ganglion

D P CardinaliJ M Rosner


Pineal denervation by superior cervical ganglionectomy (Gx) decreased high affinity binding of estradiol (E2) to the pineal cytosol of female rats and of testosterone to the cytosol of male rats by 40 and 26% and by 75 and 80%, 5 and 14 days after sugery; hormone binding remained unchanged up to 24 h after surgery. Binding to the nuclear fraction decreased sigificantly by 2 weeks after incorporation of (3H) leucine into pineal proteins in Gx. A single injection of E2 (mug) to testosterone propionate (TP) (500 mug) failed to increase the Gx rats when injected 1 or 5 days after surgery. Significant increases were observed in sham-operated controls or in rats subjected to bilateral decentralization of ganglia; however on the 5th day an impairment was observed in hormone ability to enhance [3H]leucine incorporation in decentralized rats. The administration of isoproterenol 19 and 3 h before sacrifice replenished pineal-binding sites for E2 and testosterone in Gx rats, but failed to restore the responsiveness of denervated pineals to hormone administration. Moreover, E2 or TP treatment blocked the increase in labeled amino acid incorporation into proteins brought about by isoproterenol per se. The administration of propranolol 2 and...Continue Reading

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Testosterone Measurement
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