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[Effect of restored 5alpha-androgens on puberty in female rats].

Authors
  • Litvinova, L B
  • Vakula, V M
Type
Published Article
Journal
Fiziolohichnyĭ zhurnal (Kiev, Ukraine : 1994)
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2002
Volume
48
Issue
1
Pages
62–66
Identifiers
PMID: 11928634
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The female rats at a prepubertal period were introduced to the restored 5 alpha-androgens, namely: 5 alpha-dihydrotestosterone (DHT), 5 alpha-androstane-3 alpha, 17 beta-diol (3 alpha-diol) or 5 alpha-androstane-3 beta, 17 beta-diol (3 beta-diol) in the dose of 5 mg/100 g. Both DHT and 3 alpha-diol have been determined to induce the vaginal opening as the initial stage of puberty. Stimulation of the puberty in those rats was followed with an activation of both endocrine and generative functions of the ovaries. DHT inhibited the gonadotrophic activity of the hypophysis that delayed the ovulation as the final stage of puberty. The DHT metabolite 3 alpha-diol hastened the first ovulation, while 3 beta-diol did not influence the pace of the puberty. The stimulating effect of DHT at the initial stage of the pubescence in the female rats has been suggested to be due to its conversion into 3 alpha-diol which is likely to be one of the key factors in the pubescence control in rats.

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