Jan 1, 1989

Changes of basal and steroidal precursor-stimulated testosterone secretion in isolated Mongolian gerbil and guinea pig testes after a single episode of heating

Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. A, Comparative Physiology
M Fenske


1. In the absence of steroidal precursors, testosterone secretion by Mongolian gerbil testes incubated at 37 degrees C was 340 ng/g tissue/4 hr. Addition of 1 microgram progesterone or DHEA drastically stimulated testosterone secretion by testes incubated at 37 degrees C (progesterone: 3281 ng/g tissue/4 hr, DHEA: 4654 ng/g tissue/4 hr). 2. While neither basal nor DHEA-stimulated production of testosterone was significantly affected by a single episode of heating (43-44 C for 30 min), progesterone-stimulated testosterone secretion markedly decreased during the 4-hr incubation period. 3. In contrast, in isolated testes of adult guinea pigs, a single episode of heating (44 degrees C for 30 min) resulted in a drastic reduction of basal and precursor-stimulated testosterone production during the 4-hr incubation period. 4. From these data it appears that enzymatic activities in the testes of the two species do not have their maxima at the same temperature, but rather in each case at, or close to, the temperature prevailing in the scrotal testis.

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Testosterone Measurement
Benign Neoplasm of Testis
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Neoplasm of Uncertain or Unknown Behavior of Testis
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