A comparison of the effects of testicular maturation and aging on the stage-specific expression of CP-2/cathepsin L messenger ribonucleic acid by sertoli cells of the Brown Norway rat

G. H. Kim, W. W. Wright

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Abstract

We have examined the effects of maturation and aging on expression of cyclic protein-2 (CP-2)/cathepsin L mRNA by rat Sertoli cells. During maturation (25-68 days of age) there was a significant, 7.6-fold increase in CP-2/cathepsin L mRNA. There was a significant, 2.9-fold increase in SGP-2 mRNA during the same period. In situ hybridization analysis demonstrated that stage-specific expression of CP-2/cathepsin L mRNA developed between 30 and 35 days. By 64 days of age, this transcript was only detectable in Sertoli cells within stage VI-VII tubules. Northern blot analysis of 23-mo-old testes revealed statistically significant decreases in total testis contents of CP- 2/cathepsin L and SGP-2 mRNAs (4- and 3-fold, respectively) in testes that lacked germ cells but not in aged testes with a full complement of germ cells. In situ hybridization analysis revealed high amounts of CP-2/cathepsin L mRNA in all aged tubules that were losing germ cells via apoptosis, regardless of the stage of the cycle. Immunocytochemical analysis demonstrated that in these aged, regressing tubules, CP-2/cathepsin L protein became concentrated in dying or dead germ cells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1467-1477
Number of pages11
JournalBiology of reproduction
Volume57
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Cell Biology

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