Virilization of the urogenital sinus of the tammar wallaby is not unique to 5α-androstane-3α,17β-diol

Michael W. Leihy, Geoffrey Shaw, Jean D. Wilson, Marilyn B. Renfree

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Abstract

The androgen 5α-androstane-3α,17β-diol (5α-adiol) is synthesized in testes and secreted into plasma of male tammar wallaby pouch young and appears to virilize the urogenital sinus. To provide insight into its mechanism of action, a dose response study showed that administration of 1 μg 5α-adiol monoenanthate per g body wt. per week for 3 weeks to 24-day-old female pouch young induced prostate bud formation equivalent to that of males of the same age. Administration of this same dose of the enanthates of testosterone, dihydrotestosterone, and 5α-adiol to female pouch young caused equivalent virilization of the urogenital sinus. The fact that 5α-adiol does not exert a unique effect, together with our earlier findings in this species that 5α-adiol and testosterone are converted to dihydrotestosterone in the urogenital sinus and that virilization of the urogenital sinus is prevented by the androgen receptor antagonist flutamide, suggest that 5α-adiol is a circulating precursor for dihydrotestosterone formation in this tissue.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-115
Number of pages5
JournalMolecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Volume181
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 5 2001

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Androstane-3,17-diol
Macropodidae
Virilism
Dihydrotestosterone
Androgen Receptor Antagonists
Flutamide
Androgens
Testosterone
Testis
Prostate
Tissue
Plasmas

Keywords

  • Male phenotype
  • Marsupial physiology
  • Prostate
  • Sexual differentiation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

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Virilization of the urogenital sinus of the tammar wallaby is not unique to 5α-androstane-3α,17β-diol. / Leihy, Michael W.; Shaw, Geoffrey; Wilson, Jean D.; Renfree, Marilyn B.

In: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology, Vol. 181, No. 1-2, 05.07.2001, p. 111-115.

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Leihy, Michael W. ; Shaw, Geoffrey ; Wilson, Jean D. ; Renfree, Marilyn B. / Virilization of the urogenital sinus of the tammar wallaby is not unique to 5α-androstane-3α,17β-diol. In: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology. 2001 ; Vol. 181, No. 1-2. pp. 111-115.
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