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Androgen regulation of secretory component synthesis by lacrimal gland acinar cells in vitro.

This study sought to determine whether androgens directly stimulate the production of secretory component (SC) by acinar cells from the rat lacrimal gland. Homogeneous populations of acrinar cells were isolated from lacrimal tissues by serial enzymatic digestion and Ficoll gradient centrifugation and then cultured on reconstituted basement membranes in supplemented, serum-free medium. Acinar cell exposure in vitro to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) resulted in a significant increase in cellular SC output. This hormone action was dose dependent and androgen specific. Testosterone, but not 17 beta-estradiol, progesterone, dexamethasone, or aldosterone, also induced a considerable elevation in acinar cell SC production. The effect of testosterone may not require intracellular enzymatic conversion to DHT. The impact of androgens on SC output was associated with enhanced cellular synthesis and secretion and did not involve variations in acinar cell viability or density. Moreover, the SC response to DHT occurred irrespective of whether lacrimal gland acinar cells were obtained from young adult male or female rats. In contrast, the androgen-related rise in SC production was significantly reduced in acinar cells isolated from tissue of orchiectomized and hypophysectomized rats. In summary, these findings demonstrate that androgens directly increase the synthesis of SC by lacrimal gland acinar cells in vitro. This effect, however, may be significantly altered by prior changes in the endocrine environment of acinar cells in vivo.[1]


  1. Androgen regulation of secretory component synthesis by lacrimal gland acinar cells in vitro. Sullivan, D.A., Kelleher, R.S., Vaerman, J.P., Hann, L.E. J. Immunol. (1990) [Pubmed]
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