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Steroids. 1984 Jul;44(1):57-66.

Effect of acute ACTH administration on plasma steroid levels in the dog.


Production of adrenal steroids in intact and castrated dogs is stimulated acutely by ACTH. While the increase in plasma cortisol, 17-hydroxypregnenolone and 17-hydroxyprogesterone is not affected by castration, the increment of dehydroepiandrosterone is totally abolished. On the other hand, administration of 17-hydroxypregnenolone in adrenalectomized dogs caused an increase in plasma C-19 steroids such as dehydroepiandrosterone, androstenedione and testosterone indicating that this C-21 progestin in plasma is rapidly converted. The site of this conversion is likely the testis. Furthermore, acute hCG administration in adrenalectomized dogs resulted in a marked increase in the levels of plasma 17-hydroxypregnenolone and dehydroepiandrosterone. However, our data show an ACTH-induced rise in 5-androstene-3 beta. 17 beta-diol in intact and castrated dogs, thus suggesting that this steroid is a good parameter to assess in the stimulation of adrenal steroidogenesis by ACTH.

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