Developmental regulation of ornithine decarboxylase (ODC) in rat testis: comparison of changes in ODC activity with changes in ODC mRNA levels during testicular maturation.

Abstract

These studies were undertaken to analyze the changes in testicular ornithine decarboxylase (ODC) mRNA levels and ODC activity in rats from birth to maturity. Levels of ODC mRNA were initially low in animals aged 10-17 days. Beginning at 21 days, ODC mRNA levels began to rise, reaching maximal levels by 40 days (p less than 0.01). The size of the 2.2- and 2.6-kb ODC mRNAs did not appear to change with age, as determined by Northern blot analysis. The increase in ODC mRNA that began at 21 days paralleled the increase in testis weight. This increase in ODC mRNA preceded the appearance of rat protamine-1 mRNA, a germ cell-specific mRNA found in round spermatids, which was first detected on Day 40. In contrast, levels of sulfated glycoprotein-2 mRNA, which, in the testis, is found exclusively in Sertoli cells, were highest at Day 17 and thereafter declined gradually with age. Unlike the increase in ODC mRNA levels, ODC activity was highest in 10-day-old animals and thereafter declined steadily with age, reaching minimal levels by 40 days (p less than 0.01). Thus, the increase in testicular ODC mRNA levels was in marked contrast to the decrease in testicular ODC activity. Incubation of cytosolic extract from 40-day-old animals with that from 10- or 17-day-old animals inhibited ODC activity approximately 50%, when compared to cytosols from 10- or 17-day-old animals. Dialysis of cytosol from 40-day-old animals prior to incubation with cytosol from 10-day-old animals relieved this inhibition.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

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@article{Weiner1992DevelopmentalRO, title={Developmental regulation of ornithine decarboxylase (ODC) in rat testis: comparison of changes in ODC activity with changes in ODC mRNA levels during testicular maturation.}, author={K X Weiner and James A. Dias}, journal={Biology of reproduction}, year={1992}, volume={46 4}, pages={617-22} }