Journal article

EXPERIMENTAL MANIPULATION OF SEXUAL-DIFFERENTIATION IN WALLABY POUCH YOUNG TREATED WITH EXOGENOUS STEROIDS

G SHAW, MB RENFREE, RV SHORT, WS O

DEVELOPMENT | COMPANY OF BIOLOGISTS LTD | Published : 1988

Abstract

We have investigated the effects of androgen or oestrogen treatment of female or male tammar wallabies from the day of birth, when the gonads are histologically undifferentiated, to day 25 of pouch life, when the gonads and the Wolffian and Müllerian ducts have differentiated and the testes have migrated through the inguinal canal. Female tammars treated with testosterone propionate (24-50 mg kg-1 day-1) orally for 25 days had enlarged Wolffian and Müllerian ducts. Mammary and pouch development, however, was indistinguishable from that of control females. The treatment had no apparent effect on ovarian development, or on ovarian position in the abdomen. The phallus of males and females was s..

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