It appears that the effect of acute administration of pituitary-adrenal hormones on the pituitary-gonadal axis is species-dependent. However, no information is available with regard to the effect of acute adrenocorticotropin (ACTH) administration on testosterone secretion in rats. The present data indicate that acute ACTH administration can increase serum testosterone levels without modifying luteinizing hormone (LH) levels. Since this rise was not observed in castrated rats, it must be assumed that increased serum testosterone was of gonadal origin. The action of ACTH on testosterone secretion was likely an indirect one since there is no evidence at present for a direct, short-term action of the pituitary-adrenal axis on Leydig cell function. © 1986.
|Publication status||Published - 29 Sep 1986|