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J Endocrinol. 1996 Oct;151(1):29-35.

Stage-specific expression of the FSH receptor gene in the prepubertal and adult rat seminiferous epithelium.

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  • 1Department of Physiology, University of Turku, Finland.

Abstract

Stage-specific expression of the FSH receptor (FSHR) gene in the rat seminiferous epithelium was studied. Using transillumination-assisted microdissection for sample preparation and Northern hybridization for analysis of total RNA, we first reassessed the stage specificity of the FSHR gene expression in the adult rat testis. Sixfold higher FSHR mRNA levels were found in stages XIII-I compared with stage VI of the seminiferous epithelial cycle, which had the lowest signal level (P < 0.01). The other stages had intermediate signal levels. In situ hybridization showed distribution of grains which confirmed the data obtained by Northern analysis. Prepubertal stage-specific FSHR gene expression was studied using in situ hybridization. Stage specificity could first be demonstrated at the age of 16 days when the average grain counts in stages I-IV were threefold higher than in stages VI-VII (P < 0.01). The present data are in agreement with earlier findings on stage-specific FSH binding and FSHR gene expression using both microdissected and stage-synchronized seminiferous tubules. The onset of stage-specific FSHR gene expression is concomitant with maturation of the Sertoli cell population and completion of the first generation of spermatocytes. This supports the hypothesis that spermatogonia and spermatocytes may be involved in the regulation of FSHR gene expression.

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