The effects of ovariectomy and exogenous androgen administration on the indole and porphyrin metabolism of Syrian hamster Harderian glands were studied. Ovariectomy alone had no effect on any of the parameters analyzed. The administration of either testosterone or 5α-dihydrotestosterone increased the activity of N-acetyltransferase in the Harderian glands. However, androgen treatment failed to change the activity of hydroxyindole-O-methyltransferase. Melatonin content of the glands dropped 20 days after treatment with testosterone and 10 days after the administration of 5α-dihydrotestosterone. The porphyrin content of the Harderian glands was dramatically depressed after the administration of either androgen. It is concluded that the Harderian glands of Syrian hamsters are under an androgenic control involving 5α-dihydrotestosterone.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine|
|State||Published - Nov 1989|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)