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In men, administration of exogenous testosterone (T) exerts direct negative feedback effects at the pituitary as well as at the hypothalamic level. This study was undertaken to determine whether T itself causes the inhibitory effects on the pituitary, or whether conversion to estradiol (E2) or dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is required. We assessed the… (More)
Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) plays a central role in steroidogenesis and gametogenesis. In recent years, a great deal has been learned about the microheterogeneity of FSH using newly developed assay techniques. This review article will attempt to discuss the advantages and the limitations of recently developed and commonly used assay systems.
The in vitro immunoreactive (i-LH) and bioactive (b-LH) LH release from hemipituitaries of intact adult male rats (INT) or rats castrated 7 days earlier (CAS) was studied. Hemipituitaries were incubated for 30 min (time 1) plus an additional 30 min (time 2) with GnRH (10 nM) and/or KCl (50 mM), according to one of the following protocols: media alone (C),… (More)
A technique for sorting live LH- and FSH-secreting cells was developed. After enzymatic dispersion, a suspension of pituitary cells from male rats castrated 7 days earlier was incubated in potassium chloride (KCI 50 mmol/l) for 30 min and gonadotropin outflow was provoked. Then, considering either LH or FSH as temporary surface markers, we positively… (More)
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