Effects of Submaxillariectomy on Ovarian Androgen and Estrogen Production in Adult Female Rats

M. Tanaka, M. Watanabe, T. Kumai, Hironori Nakura, S. Kobayashi

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Abstract

Submaxillariectomy causes an increase in uterine weight in adult female rats. This increase is due to the elevation of the plasma 17β-estradiol (E2) level which is brought on by enhancement of ovarian E2 production. Furthermore, enhancement of ovarian E2 production is due to the enhancement of testosterone and androstenedione production which are the precursors of ovarian E2. However, submaxillariectomy did not affect ovarian progesterone and 17α-hydroxyprogesterone levels. These findings suggest that the submaxillary gland may inhibit the production of ovarian E2 mainly because of the inhibition of ovarian androgen production. Thus the submaxillary gland may play a physiological role in female reproductive systems caused by the change in ovarian steroidogenesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)550-554
Number of pages5
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Volume213
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 15 1995
Externally publishedYes

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Weights and Measures
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Effects of Submaxillariectomy on Ovarian Androgen and Estrogen Production in Adult Female Rats. / Tanaka, M.; Watanabe, M.; Kumai, T.; Nakura, Hironori; Kobayashi, S.

In: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Vol. 213, No. 2, 15.08.1995, p. 550-554.

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