Testicular Steroidogenesis in the Aging Brown Norway Rat

BARRY R. ZIRKIN, ROSEMARY SANTULLI, JOHN D. STRANDBERG, WILLIAM W. WRIGHT, LARRY L. EWING

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Abstract

ABSTRACT: In seeking an animal model of age‐associated changes in the male reproductive tract, we examined the effects of age on the health and testicular steroidogenic activity of the Brown Norway rat, with comparisons made to the Sprague‐Dawley rat. When perfused in vitro under conditions of maximally stimulating luteinizing hormone significant age‐associated reductions were seen in testosterone production by testes of Sprague‐Dawley rats of 21–24 months of age and by testes of Brown Norway rats of 18–30 months of age. Decreases in the capacity of the testes to produce testosterone were reflected in age‐associated decreases in both serum testosterone and in testosterone concentration within the seminiferous tubule fluid. In contrast to the Sprague‐Dawley rat, changes in steroidogenic activity in the Brown Norway rat were not accompanied by the occurrence of pituitary adenomas, obesity, or testicular tumors. This, along with its longevity, make the Brown Norway strain a highly promising model for testicular aging. 1993 American Society of Andrology

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)118-123
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of andrology
Volume14
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1993

Keywords

  • Aging
  • Leydig cell
  • rat
  • steroidogenesis
  • testis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Endocrinology
  • Urology

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