Journal article

Adult sertoli cells are not terminally differentiated in the Djungarian hamster: Effect of FSH on proliferation and junction protein organization

GA Tarulli, PG Stanton, A Lerchl, SJ Meachem

Biology of Reproduction | OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC | Published : 2006


Sertoli cell number is considered to be stable and unmodifiable by hormones after puberty in mammals, although recent data using the seasonal breeding adult Djungarian hamster (Phodopus sungorus) model challenged this assertion by demonstrating a decrease in Sertoli cell number after gonadotropin depletion and a return to control levels following 7 days of FSH replacement. The present study aimed to determine whether adult Sertoli cells are terminally differentiated using known characteristics of cellular differentiation, including proliferation, junction protein localization, and expression of particular maturational markers, in the Djungarian hamster model. Adult long-day (LD) photoperiod ..

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