Intercellular communication within the rat anterior pituitary Gland. II. castration effects and changes after injection of luteinizing hormone‐releasing hormone (LH‐RH) or testosterone

Tsuyoshi Soji, Damon C. Herbert

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Abstract

This study investigated the relationship between gap junction formation and sex steroids in the male rat anterior pituitary gland. Animals were castrated at 5 days of age and separated into the following three groups: (1) oiltreated controls, (2) those injected with LH‐RH, and (3) those given testosterone. On days 10, 20, 30, and 40, five rats in each group were sacrificed and their hypophyses removed for ultrastructural examination. When compared with age‐matched, intact animals, there was a marked suppression in follicular development and in the number of gap junctions present in the pituitary glands of both the castrated controls as well as the castrates given luteinizing hormone releasing hormone (LH‐RH). In contrast, the morphology of these structures in the animals given testosterone was indistinguishable from that observed in the intact controls. These observations provide more definitive evidence that in the male rat pituitary gland maturation of the structural organization of the follicles, including gap junction formation, requires an intact hypophyseal‐gonadal axis and is highly dependent on the hormone testosterone.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)342-346
Number of pages5
JournalThe Anatomical Record
Volume226
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)

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