Marcelo Cecim

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Availability of recombinant growth hormone (GH) and development of long-acting formulations of this material will undoubtedly lead to widespread use of GH in animal industry and in medicine. GH can act, directly or indirectly, on multiple targets, but its influence on the reproductive system and on the hormonal control of reproduction is poorly understood.(More)
Transgenic mice expressing various growth hormone genes have markedly reduced life spans, with few animals surviving beyond 12 months in some of the lines. Except for an increased incidence of mammary tumours in female mice expressing human growth hormones, pathological findings in debilitated or moribund transgenic mice resemble the well-documented(More)
BACKGROUND Paracrine effects of germ cells on Sertoli cell structure were examined in a mouse model with the W locus (dominant white spotting) mutation in which animals with the W/Wv genotype (referred to as mutants) lack virtually all germ cells. RESULTS Morphometric determination of Sertoli cell parameters in mutant and control (+/+) animals showed that(More)
Reproductive performance was studied in transgenic males from lines expressing and transmitting four hybrid genes: mouse metallothionein-I/human growth hormone (GH) (MT/hGH), MT/hGH placental variant (MT/hGH.V), MT/bovine GH (MT/bGH) and phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase/bGH (PEPCK/bGH). Each male was exposed to three normal females for 1 week and to three(More)
Overexpression of growth hormone (GH) in transgenic mice is associated with various degrees of impairment of female reproductive functions. Transgenic PEPCK.bGH mice express high GH levels, and only around 20% of the females will carry gestation to Day 7. The objective of the present study was to investigate luteal function in PEPCK.bGH mice during early(More)
Previous work from our laboratory provided evidence for increased plasma corticosterone levels in mice transgenic for human and bovine growth hormone (GH). Corticosterone was elevated in both sexes, under both basal and ether-induced stress conditions. The objectives of the present study were to investigate thein vitro adrenal sensitivity to ACTH, GH and/or(More)
Ectopic expression of human or bovine growth hormone (GH) genes in 6 lines of transgenic mice was associated with a significant increase in plasma corticosterone levels. Elevated corticosterone levels were detected in both sexes under basal conditions and after ether stress. The adrenal activity of 3 beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase was measured in two of(More)
Transgenic mice carrying the phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase promoter region-human growth hormone (PEPCK-hGH) fusion gene are characterized by accelerated growth and plasma hGH levels ranging from 100 to 700 ng/ml. Both sexes are fertile, in contrast to previous findings in metallothionein-I/hGH transgenic mice in which females are sterile, apparently due(More)
Previous work has shown that expression of human (h) GH in transgenic mice is associated with significant age-related enlargement of seminal vesicles. To further explore this aberrant growth activity, we have characterized seminal vesicles from various GH transgenic lines and examined their androgen receptor (AR) content and distribution. Six groups of(More)
Both physiological and excessive levels of growth hormone (GH) can affect reproductive functions. Overexpression of human (h) or bovine (b) GH in transgenic female mice was previously reported to be associated with reproductive deficits. The objectives of the present study were to determine the age of onset of puberty, the length of the estrous cycle, and(More)