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Expression of pro-opiomelanocortin-like gene in the testis and epididymis.

Adrenocorticotropin (ACTH), beta-endorphin, and the melanocyte-stimulating hormones (MSHs), which are products of a common precursor, pro-opiomelanocortin ( POMC), are present in a variety of tissues other than pituitary. The recent detection of immunoreactive POMC-derived peptides in the male reproductive tract raised the possibility that these hormones might regulate reproductive function. To determine whether the low concentrations of POMC-derived peptides in the male reproductive tract are synthesized locally and are not contaminants from blood, we have demonstrated POMC-like gene expression in both testis and epididymis. The identification of cells in testis capable of synthesizing POMC mRNA was established by showing the presence of this mRNA in mouse Leydig cell lines (TM3 and I10A). The hybridizing species of POMC-like mRNA in the testis, epididymis, and Leydig cell lines (TM3 and I10A) were approximately 150 bases shorter than those in the pituitary or hypothalamus but were similar in size to that in the amygdaloid nucleus of rat brain. The concentration of POMC-like mRNA in the testis is almost as high as that in the hypothalamus. This finding is quite unexpected because the concentrations of POMC-derived peptides in the testis were 2-3 orders of magnitude lower than those in the hypothalamus. The demonstration of a POMC-like gene expression in male reproductive tissues suggests that POMC-derived peptides are synthesized in Leydig cells and epididymis. These observations are consistent with the postulate that POMC-derived peptides may exert paracrine and/or autocrine effects in these organs.[1]


  1. Expression of pro-opiomelanocortin-like gene in the testis and epididymis. Chen, C.L., Mather, J.P., Morris, P.L., Bardin, C.W. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. (1984) [Pubmed]
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