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J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 1979 Sep;49(3):396-8.

Evidence that testosterone can suppress pituitary gonadotropin secretion independently of peripheral aromatization.

Abstract

Testosterone (T) was given to normal men with and without the concomitant administration of the aromatase inhibitor, delta 1-testolactone (Teslac), to examine the role of peripheral aromatization of T in gonadotropin regulation. When T was administered alone by continuous iv infusion (15 mg/day for 4 days), serum T increased 3-fold (P less than 0.01) and estradiol (E) increased by 50% (P less than 0.01). These changes were associated with a 50% decrease in serum LH and FSH concentrations (P less than 0.01). When T was infused into men taking Teslac (2000 mg/day), serum T levels doubled (P less than 0.01), but E levels did not change (13.4 +/- 1.5 vs. 13.5 +/- 1.0 pg/ml; P = NS). This pattern of plasma steroids, increased T and unchanged E, was also associated with significantly decreased serum LH and FSH concentrations (14.5 +/- 0.4 vs. 8.0 + 0.4 mIU/ml and 9.9 +/- 2.5 vs. 5.8 +/- 0.1 mIU/ml, respectively; P less than 0.01). These data support the hypothesis that T or one of its metabolites can modulate LH and FSH secretion independently of peripheral aromatization to E.

PMID:
468974
DOI:
10.1210/jcem-49-3-396
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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