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Arch Androl. 1988;20(1):41-4.

Optimal temperature for synthesis of DNA, RNA, and protein by human testis in vitro.

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Department of Urology, School of Medicine, Osaka University, Japan.


To determine the optimal temperature for DNA, RNA, and protein syntheses in the human testis, the levels of incorporation of 3H-thymidine, 14C-uridine, and 14C-leucine into testicular tissue were studied at 28 degrees C, 31 degrees C, 34 degrees C, and 37 degrees C in vitro. The results suggest that the DNA synthesis is at a maximum at 31 degrees C and shows delicate temperature sensitivity, whereas the RNA and protein syntheses are at a maximum at 34 degrees C or 37 degrees C and are temperature-dependent. It is concluded that the temperature sensitivity of DNA synthesis may be one of the primary causes of delicate thermal inhibition of human spermatogenesis.

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