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Evidence that Leydig precursors localize in immature band two cells isolated on Percoll gradients.

Authors: Murono, EP  Washburn, AL 
Citation: Murono EP and Washburn AL, J Steroid Biochem Mol Biol. 1990 Dec 10;37(5):675-80.
Pubmed: (View Article at PubMed) PMID:2177628

The present studies examined responses to hCG and/or insulin of 3 beta-hydroxy-5-ene-steroid dehydrogenase and steroid 5----4-ene-isomerase activity (3 beta-HSD) in cultured Band 2 and Band 3 cells from 25- to 40-day-old rats isolated on Percoll gradients. In Band 2 cells, from 25-day-old rats enzyme activity increased about 3- and 2.5-fold, after 6 days of exposure to hCG or insulin, respectively. However, hCG did not stimulate enzyme activity in Band 2 cells from 30-, 35- and 40-day-old animals, and responses to insulin alone or insulin plus hCG declined with age. In Band 3 cells only insulin increased enzyme activity at each age. Neither hCG or insulin altered DNA levels in Band 2 or Band 3 cells, suggesting that increased activity in Band 2 cells from 25-day-old rats was not due to cellular replication. However, hCG increased the number of cells staining positive for 3 beta-HSD about 4-fold in Band 2 cells from 25-day-old rats. Insulin did not increase the number of positive staining cells in Band 2 and Band 3 cells from 25-day-old rats, suggesting that its major effect was to increase enzyme activity in existing cells. These results suggest that during a limited period of maturation precursor cells in Band 2, which are undetected by histochemical staining for 3 beta-HSD, can be converted to Leydig cells in culture by hCG.


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