Journal article

Expression of the insulin-like peptide 3 (INSL3) hormone-receptor (LGR8) system in the testis

RJK Anand-Ivell, V Relan, M Balvers, I Coiffec-Dorval, M Fritsch, RAD Bathgate, R Ivell

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


The new peptide hormone insulin-like peptide 3 (INSL3) is a member of the insulin-relaxin family, yet, unlike insulin, it signals through a new G-protein coupled receptor, LGR8, distantly related to the receptors for LH and FSH. INSL3 is produced in large amounts by the Leydig cells of the testis in both fetal and adult mammals. Using a combination of mRNA analysis by RT-PCR, immunohistochemistry, ligand-binding, and/or bioactivity assays, the distribution of LGR8 expression was assessed in testicular tissues and cells and in the epididymis. There was consistent agreement that LGR8 was expressed in meiotic and particularly postmeiotic germ cells and in Leydig cells, though not in Sertoli or ..

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