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Titolo:
Age-, cell- and region-specific immunoexpression of estrogen receptor alpha (but not estrogen receptor beta) during postnatal development of the epididymis and vas deferens of the rat and disruption of this pattern by neonatal treatment with diethylstilbestrol
Autore:
Atanassova, N; McKinnell, C; Williams, K; Turner, KJ; Fisher, JS; Saunders, PTK; Millar, MR; Sharpe, RM;
Indirizzi:
MRC, Ctr Reprod Biol, Reprod Sci Unit, Edinburgh EH3 9ET, Midlothian, Scotland MRC Edinburgh Midlothian Scotland EH3 9ET h EH3 9ET, Midlothian, Scotland Bulgarian Acad Sci, Inst Expt Morphol & Antropol, BU-1113 Sofia, Bulgaria Bulgarian Acad Sci Sofia Bulgaria BU-1113 ropol, BU-1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
Titolo Testata:
ENDOCRINOLOGY
fascicolo: 2, volume: 142, anno: 2001,
pagine: 874 - 886
SICI:
0013-7227(200102)142:2<874:ACARIO>2.0.ZU;2-Z
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Soggetto:
ACCESSORY SEX-ORGANS; REPRODUCTIVE-TRACT; EXCURRENT DUCTS; ANDROGEN RECEPTOR; WILD-TYPE; MALE-MICE; EXPRESSION; PROSTATE; EXPOSURE; TESTIS;
Tipo documento:
Article
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Life Sciences
Citazioni:
46
Recensione:
Indirizzi per estratti:
Indirizzo: Sharpe, RM MRC, Ctr Reprod Biol, Reprod Sci Unit, 37 Chalmers St, Edinburgh EH3 9ET, Midlothian, Scotland MRC 37 Chalmers St Edinburgh Midlothian Scotland EH3 9ET otland
Citazione:
N. Atanassova et al., "Age-, cell- and region-specific immunoexpression of estrogen receptor alpha (but not estrogen receptor beta) during postnatal development of the epididymis and vas deferens of the rat and disruption of this pattern by neonatal treatment with diethylstilbestrol", ENDOCRINOL, 142(2), 2001, pp. 874-886

Abstract

This study in rats sought to 1) characterize immunoexpression of estrogen receptor alpha (ER alpha) and ER beta in the efferent ducts, epididymis, and vas deferens during postnatal development; 2) establish whether ER expression changed after neonatal treatment with diethylstilbestrol (DES); and 3)determine whether ER changes coincided with abnormal epididymal/vas development. Rats were administered 10 mug DES or vehicle on days 2, 4, 6, 8, 10,and 12 and were sampled on days 10, 18, 25, 35, and 90+. At all ages, ER alpha was immunoexpressed intensely in the efferent ducts. On day 10, immunoexpression of ER alpha was absent from the epididymis and vas, but was detectable on day 18 in epithelial cells in the caput, corpus, and proximal cauda. Epithelial expression of ER alpha was absent from the distal cauda and in the proximal and distal vas was confined to a band of periductal stromalcells. Thus, on day 18, the site of ER alpha expression delineated the epididymis-vas boundary. On days 25-35, epithelial expression of ER alpha was absent, but stromal expression persisted in the vas and distal cauda. In adults, immunoexpression of ER alpha in the epididymis and vas was absent. Incontrast, ER beta was immunoexpressed in epithelial cells and some stromalcells in the efferent ducts, epididymis, and vas at all ages. In the vas, stromal expression of ER alpha and ER beta was in different layers. DES treatment caused 1) underdevelopment of the epididymal duct and reduced epithelial height in epididymis and vas; 2) coiling of the extaepididymalvas; 3) thickening of the periductal actin-free stromal layer in the distal cauda and vas; and 4) reduced cell proliferation on day 18 in the epididymis and vas, based on incorporation of bromodeoxyuridine, especially in theepithelium. These changes coincided with abnormalities in cell- and region-specific immunoexpression of ER alpha, but not ER beta. Thus, in DES-treated rats on day 18, epithelial expression of ER alpha occurred in all regions of the epididymis and vas instead of being confined to the caput, corpus,and proximal cauda as in controls. Similarly, stromal ER alpha expression in the vas of DES-treated rats was not confined to a periductal layer as incontrols, but occurred diffusely in the muscle layer. It is suggested that1) estrogens play a role in peripubertal development of the epididymis andvas; 2) the cellular site of expression of ER alpha either plays a role inor reflects demarcation of the epididymal/vas boundary; and 3) blurring ofthis boundary in DES-treated rats coincides with altered ER alpha immunoexpression.

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