The uptake and retention of radiolabelled dihydrotestosterone by the pituitary gland was examined in the rhesus monkey. Two animals were given an intravenous injection of 1.0μg/kg 3H-dihydrotestosterone (DHT) alone while one monkey received both the labelled androgen and 100μg/kg of unlabelled steroid. One and a half hours later, they were sacrificed. The pituitary glands were removed and processed for autoradiography and immunocytochemistry. Autoradiographic localization of DHT was discernible in the partes nervosa, intermedia and distalis, albeit the highest concentration of radiolabelled cells was noted in the pars distalis. Immunocytochemical staining with antibodies to rat PRL, human TSHβ and ovine LHβ revealed a population of steroid-concentrating cells that contained TSH and a second group that contained LH. None of the cells that reacted with the anti-PRL serum were radiolabelled.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine
- Cell Biology