Melamine negatively affects testosterone synthesis in mice.

Abstract

Several studies have found that melamine causes damage to the testes, epididymis and sperm. However, few studies have investigated the effect of melamine on the synthesis of testosterone, which plays an import role in testicular development and spermatogenesis. In present study, mice were orally administrated with 2, 10 or 50mg/kg of melamine for 28days. In these groups, various abnormalities were observed including disruption of the seminiferous tubule structure, an increased necrotic germ cells and sperm abnormalities, and a reduced sperm count. Melamine exposure also decreased the level of serum testosterone and levels of testicular StAR, P450scc and 17β-HSD. In addition, melamine exposure reduced the number of Leydig cells. Taken together, these results indicate that melamine exposure reduces the level of testosterone through down-regulation of StAR and testosterone synthetic enzyme expression and also a decreased number of Leydig cells. This may further affect testicular development and lead to sperm damage.

DOI: 10.1016/j.rvsc.2016.10.007

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@article{Sun2016MelamineNA, title={Melamine negatively affects testosterone synthesis in mice.}, author={Jiarui Sun and Yinan Cao and Xinchen Zhang and Qiling Zhao and Endong Bao and Y . - J . Lv}, journal={Research in veterinary science}, year={2016}, volume={109}, pages={135-141} }