Journal article

Undescended testis is accompanied by calcitonin gene related peptide accumulation within the sensory nucleus of the genitofemoral nerve in trans-scrotal rats

Z Hrabovszky, PJ Farmer, JM Hutson

JOURNAL OF UROLOGY | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2001

Abstract

PURPOSE: Recent data suggest that calcitonin gene related peptide (CGRP) released from the sensory branch of the genitofemoral nerve may regulate testicular descent. We studied the number of CGRP immunoreactive cells in the sensory nucleus of the genitofemoral nerve (L1 to L2 dorsal root ganglia) in cryptorchid trans-scrotal rats. Four-week-old trans-scrotal rats with unilateral undescended testis underwent bilateral genitofemoral nerve dissection and retrograde nerve labeling with the fluorescent dye 4,6-diamidino-2-phenylindole (DAPI). Animals were sacrificed 48 hours later and the L1 to L2 dorsal root ganglia were removed. Serial sections were obtained and double fluorescent labeled with ..

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