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      Effects of Chronic Hypogonadism on Corticosterone Secretion and Cyclic AMP Production in Male Rat Adrenocortical Cells

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          Aim: To determine the secretion of corticosterone (CCS) both in vivo and in vitro during different intervals after orchidectomy in male rats. Methods: Three- and 12-month-old rats had been orchidectomized 0, 3, 6, or 9 months before decapitation. Results: Orchidectomy increased the concentrations of plasma CCS, the basal release of CCS, and the adenosine 3′, 5′-cyclic monophosphate (cAMP) production in rat zona fasciculata reticularis (ZFR) cells. The forskolin/3-isobutyl- l-methylxanthine-stimulated releases of CCS and cAMP production by ZFR cells were higher in rats with chronic hypogonadism. The CCS release from ZFR cells of orchidectomized rat was not altered by 8-bromo-cAMP treatment. Orchidectomy enhanced the stimulatory effect of deoxycorticosterone on CCS release in ZFR cells. Conclusion: These results suggest that orchidectomy-related increases of CCS secretion in rats are associated with an increase of adenylate cyclase activity, cAMP generation, and 11-β-hydroxylase activity in ZFR cells.

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              Stress and glucocorticoids are generally thought to suppress reproductive function at multiple levels. We tested the hypotheses that exogenous corticosterone would suppress sexual behavior in a dose-dependent manner, as well as drive a decrease in plasma testosterone levels in the male red-sided garter snake, Thamnophis sirtalis parietalis. We examined this by challenging individual males with intraperitoneal injections of exogenous corticosterone, and subsequently exposing them to sexually attractive females or taking a blood sample. Previous work has demonstrated a hormonal but no behavioral response to stress in this species. In this study, increasing concentrations of exogenous corticosterone rapidly suppressed mating behavior in a threshold manner. However, exogenous corticosterone had no effect on plasma levels of testosterone. Thus, these data suggest that the mechanism is in place for corticosterone to suppress mating behavior in this species and that these effects do not occur because of an indirect effect on plasma levels of testosterone but rather are the direct effect of the hormone itself. In addition, the negative relationship observed previously between plasma levels of corticosterone and testosterone in this species was probably not the direct result of corticosterone acting on the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis. Rather, our results seem to indicate that the negative associations between the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA) and the HPG axis occur at other levels of these neuroendocrine pathways.

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                Horm Res Paediatr
                Hormone Research in Paediatrics
                S. Karger AG
                March 2004
                02 March 2004
                : 61
                : 2
                : 84-91
                aDepartment of Physical Therapy, Hungkuang University, Taichung, bNational Taipei College of Nursing, Taipei, and cDepartment of Physiology, School of Life Science, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC
                75386 Horm Res 2004;61:84–91
                © 2004 S. Karger AG, Basel

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