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Leydig cells, purified on two sequential Percoll gradients to purities of 89 +/- 1%, were used to study the binding of 17-beta-hydroxy-17 alpha-methyl-estra-4,9,11-triene-3-one(3H-R1881). The accumulation of 3H-R1881 in the nuclear fraction of these cells was time- and temperature-dependent. Specific binding was saturable with an apparent Ka of 0.14 nM-1(More)
Specific cultures were used to detect growth of Neisseria Gonorrhoeae (NG) in 90 ejaculates of partners of childless marriages. Although no gonococcal growth was observed in undiluted semen, 9 out of 68 subjects with silent infection presented growth of NG in seminal plasma after dilution 1:2 with saline. It is concluded that semen dilution increases the(More)
In order to study the role of the oestradiol on the feed-back mechanism, fourteen men were subjected to LHRH test before and after treatment with oestradiol. The oestrogen was administered i.m., 3 mug/kg/24 h and 150 mug/kg/24 h, in two groups of patients. Doses of 3 and 150 mug respectively produced a reduction of LH release of 74% and 60% below control.(More)
The effect of long-term hCG administration on sperm output was evaluated in a study in 3 hypogonadal patients with a selective deficiency of gonadotrophins (LH and FSH). The diagnosis of complete hypogonadotropic hypogonadism was based on clinical and hormonal findings as well as testicular histology. Pubertal maturation took place gradually during hCG(More)
In six healthy subjects serum oestradiol was selectively decreased by administering an aromatase activity inhibitor, hydrotestolactone (HT). After HT administration serum oestradiol (Oe2) decreased from 18.7 +/- 2.3 (SEM) to 6.7 +/- 0.6 pg/ml whereas testosterone (T) and dihydrotestosterone (DHT) blood levels were not modified. These oestradiol changes were(More)
The effect of cyproterone acetate (CA) on the pituitary-testicular axis was studied in 6 healthy men. A dose of 300 mg of CA was administered orally in the early morning, after 3 h blood samples were collected using a multiple sample technique. Testosterone (T) levels were decreased by CA in all subjects (p 0.01), LH in all (p less than 0.01) but one(More)
In order to evaluate whether androgens were able to affect PRL release, testosterone and dihydrotestosterone were injected intramuscularly in male and female subjects. PRL blood levels were not modified by testosterone either in healthy males or in amenorrhoeic women, and PRL release in males proved unaffected by dihydrotestosterone at the dose used.
To observe the influence of gonadal feed-back on FSH and LH release in men we studied the blood levels of both gonadotropins before and after orchiectomy in eight subjects. In four orchiectomized subjects the LH and FSH release induced by LH-RH was also studied. The LH-RH was also administered in eight patients with primary gonadal diseases. Our findings(More)