Differential expression of ornithine decarboxylase, poly(ADP)ribose polymerase, and mitochondrial mRNAs following testosterone administration to hypophysectomized rats

A. Alcivar-Warren, J. M. Trasler, C. A. Awoniyi, B. R. Zirkin, N. B. Hecht

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Abstract

The mRNAs of the nuclear encoded genes, ornithine decarboxylase (ODCase) and poly(ADP)ribose polymerase (PADPRP), and the mitochondrial encoded genes, cytochrome oxidase I and II (COI and COII) and ATPase 6, are differentially expressed during spermatogenesis (Alcivar et al., 1989: Biol Reprod 41:1133; 1989: Dev Biol 135:263; 1991: Biol Reprod 46:201). In this study, we use Northern blotting to examine the steady state levels of ODCase, PADPRP, COI, COII, and ATPase 6 mRNAs in testes of hypophysectomized male rats following testosterone administration. Four weeks after hypophysectomy, rats received 24 cm subcutaneous implants of testosterone-filled polydimethylsiloxane (PDS) and were killed at 3, 7, 14, 28, and 56 days thereafter. After hypophysectomy, the steady state levels for the PADPRP, COI, COII, and ATPase 6 mRNAs were not significantly different from controls, although hypophysectomy caused a 44% loss of preleptotene spermatocytes and an 88% loss of pachytene spermatocytes, the testicular cell types expressing the highest levels of these mRNAs. In contrast, the levels of the two ODCase mRNAs were greatly decreased after hypophysectomy and mirrored the number of germinal cells present in the testis. After testosterone treatment, ODCase mRNA levels remained low 3 days after treatment and gradually increased at days 14, 28, and 56. No major hybridization signal changes in PADPRP, COI, COII, and ATPase mRNA were observed after testosterone treatment. We conclude that the steady state mRNA levels for the housekeeping ODCase gene respond differently after hypophysectomy and testosterone treatment of male rats than the PADPRP and mitochondrial DNA transcripts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)283-289
Number of pages7
JournalMolecular reproduction and development
Volume43
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1996

Keywords

  • ATPase 6 mRNAs
  • Cytochrome oxidase II
  • Spermatogenesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Developmental Biology
  • Cell Biology

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