Control of Sertoli cell response to FSH: Regulation by homologous hormone exposure

G. L. Francis, T. J. Brown, B. B. Bercu

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Abstract

The effect of in vitro exposure to FSH on subsequent FSH binding and stimulation of short-term rat Sertoli cell cultures was investigated. Cultures were exposed 6 h to FSH (0.05, 0.1, 1.0, or 5.0 μg/ml), washed, and incubated for an additional 1, 2, 4 or 6 days at which times FSH binding, FSH-stimulated cAMP generation, and FSH-stimulated aromatization of testosterone (T) to estradiol (E2) were determined. The initial effect of exposure to high concentrations of FSH (1.0-5.0 μg/ml) was a dose-related decrease in T aromatization occurred. By 4-6 days after FSH exposure, hormone binding had started to increase, and cAMP response had either returned to or was significantly increased above control values while T aromatization remained elevated without any additional increase. The initial effect after exposure to low concentrations of FSH (0.05-0.1 μg/ml) was an intermediate decrease in hormone binding with no significant change in either cAMP generation or T aromatization. By 4-6 days after FSH exposure, hormone binding and cAMP response were significantly increased above control values. T aromatization did not change. These findings suggest that FSH regulates Sertoli cell response to subsequent FSH stimulation apparently at two independent levels: one related to hormone binding and cAMP response, and the second related to the aromatization of T.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)955-961
Number of pages7
JournalBiology of reproduction
Volume24
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1981
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Cell Biology

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