Journal article

Testosterone and nerve growth factor have distinct but interacting effects on structure and neurotransmitter expression of adult pelvic ganglion cells in vitro

SM Meusburger, JR Keast

Neuroscience | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2001

Abstract

Circulating testosterone has potent effects on the structure and function of many pelvic ganglion cells in adult rats in vivo. However not all androgen-sensitive pelvic neurones possess androgen receptors and testosterone effects may therefore be indirect, by an action on the target organs. Here we have examined if testosterone influences neuronal structure in vitro in pelvic ganglion cells cultured from adult male rats. We have also used multiple label immunofluorescence to monitor the expression of transmitter-synthesising enzymes and peptides under various culture conditions. Testosterone was a more potent stimulant of noradrenergic soma growth in culture than nerve growth factor. Whereas..

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