Testosterone modulates cardiomyocyte Ca(2+) handling and contractile function.


The extent to which sex differences in cardiac function may be attributed to the direct myocardial influence of testosterone is unclear. In this study the effects of gonadal testosterone withdrawal (GDX) and replacement (GDX+T) in rats, on cardiomyocyte shortening and intracellular Ca(2+) handling was investigated (0.5 Hz, 25 oC). At all extracellular [Ca(2… (More)