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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Changes in circulating and testicular levels of inhibin A and B during postnatal development in bulls.

We investigated testicular and circulating levels of dimeric inhibins in Holstein bulls from the infantile to postpubertal periods (5 to 50 weeks of age) and examined the relationship between the profiles of circulating dimeric inhibins and FSH. Concentrations of total inhibin and inhibin B in the testis were highest at 4 to 5 weeks of age but decreased gradually as the bulls aged. Testicular inhibin A levels showed a gradual decline to a nadir at 15 to 26 weeks of age, but by 39 weeks, they were high again. The contents of total inhibin, inhibin A, and inhibin B per testis generally increased with age. Fractionation of testicular homogenates obtained from 15-week-old bulls by a combination of immunoaffinity chromatography and SDS-PAGE confirmed the presence of two major molecular weight forms (32 and 45 kDa) of dimeric inhibins in the testes. Circulating levels of total inhibin and inhibin A showed a significant increase in bulls at around 10 to 14 weeks of age compared to the levels between 5 and 7 weeks of age but decreased thereafter. However, immunoreactivity for inhibin B was not detected in the peripheral circulation, probably because of low sensitivity of the inhibin B assays. The concentrations of plasma FSH were high at 5 weeks of age but declined to lower levels between 11 and 40 weeks, and then increased from 41 weeks onward. There was no significant correlation between the plasma levels of FSH and inhibin A or total inhibin. The results clearly indicate that the bull testis produces inhibin A and B and secretes at least inhibin A into the circulation during postnatal development. However, the profile of circulating FSH in bulls shows no reciprocal relationship with the inhibin A or total inhibin profile during the postnatal period.[1]


  1. Changes in circulating and testicular levels of inhibin A and B during postnatal development in bulls. Kaneko, H., Matsuzaki, M., Noguchi, J., Kikuchi, K., Ohnuma, K., Ozawa, M. J. Reprod. Dev. (2006) [Pubmed]
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