The cellular and subcellular localization of radioactivity in the brain of immature female rats was determined by dry-mount autoradiography 2 h after iv injection of 1.0 μg of (monethyl-3H) diethylstilboestrol per 100 g body weight. A specific topographic pattern of nuclear concentration of the synthetic oestrogen was obtained similar to that for 3H-oestradiol-17 β in specific neurons of the basal hypothalamus, preoptic region and amygdala. In competition experiments, the nuclear concentration of radioactivity in all areas studied was inhibited by unlabeled oestradiol, while unlabeled testosterone had no effect. These data suggest that although oestradiol can bind to androgen receptors, the oestrogen receptor itself can account for the localization seen after the injection of 3H-oestradiol.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine
- Cell Biology