Journal article

New role for androgen in testicular descent: permitting gubernacular cell proliferation in response to the neuropeptide, calcitonin gene-related peptide

NS Shenker, J Huynh, PJ Farmer, JM Hutson

JOURNAL OF PEDIATRIC SURGERY | W B SAUNDERS CO-ELSEVIER INC | Published : 2006

Abstract

BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Cell proliferation at the gubernacular tip increases in response to exogenous calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) during migration into the scrotum. Calcitonin gene-related peptide is contained in the masculinized sensory branches of the genitofemoral nerve. We tested the independent effects of chemical sensory nerve disruption and prenatal androgen blockade on the in vitro gubernacular proliferative response to CGRP. METHODS: Neonatal Sprague-Dawley rats were injected with capsaicin, a sensory nerve toxin, and gubernacula dissected 2 days later (D2). Sprague-Dawley dams were injected with flutamide, an androgen receptor antagonist, between days 15 and 19 of gestation...

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