Aromatization of androgens into estrogens in rat testis is catalyzed by the microsomal enzyme cytochrome P450 aromatase. In this work, aromatase cellular site was investigated in prepuberal, peripuberal and postpuberal testis, from 10-, 21- and 60-day-old rats respectively. Paraffin-embedded testis sections were processed for P450arom immunostaining using a rabbit polyclonal antiserum generated against purified human placental cytochrome P450 aromatase. Next, biotinylated anti-rabbit IgG was applied, followed by ABC/HRP/complex amplification with diaminobenzidine as chromogen. Prepuberal testis sections showed a strong immunoreactivity of aromatase in Sertoli cell cytoplasm while interstitial cells were immunonegative. In peripuberal testis sections, cytoplasmic immunoreaction was weak in Sertoli cells, but it was strong in spermatocytes and sporadic in Leydig cells. Postpuberal testis sections displayed a moderate aromatase immunoexpression in spermatocytes while a strong immunostaining was observed in round and elongated spermatids, as well as in Leydig cells. These results indicate a different age-dependence of aromatase localization in rat testicular cells during gonadal development. In particular, inside the seminiferous tubules, the aromatization site moves from Sertoli cells to late germ cells, suggesting a proliferative role of aromatase in prepuberal testis and its subsequent involvement in meiotic and post-meiotic germ cell maturation.
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|Titolo:||"Immunolocalization of cythocrome P450 aromatase in rat testis during postnatal development"|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2001|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|