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cGMP signaling pathway is involved in Leyding cell stress response

  • Silvana Andric1Email author,
  • Natasa Stojkov1,
  • Marija Janjic1,
  • Stanko Stojilkovic2 and
  • Tatjana Kostic1
BMC Pharmacology20077(Suppl 1):P1

Published: 25 July 2007

The ability of stress to interfere with the Leydig cell steroidogenesis has been published previously by others and our laboratory, but the intracellular signaling pathways involved in this process have not been identified and described precisely. In this study, we examined the effects of immobilization stress (1 × 120 min, 2 × 120 min within 2 days, and 10 × 120 min within 10 days) on nitric oxide (NO)-cGMP signaling pathway in rat Leydig cells from adult rats. Purified Leydig cells were isolated form freely moving (controls) and immobilized rats, a procedure that required about 8 hrs, and were then subjected to RT-PCR and functional analyses. Results showed that immobilization stress was accompanied with a decrease in mRNA transcripts for phosphodiesterase 5 and multidrug resistance protein 5 in all three experimental groups, and with an increase in transcripts for inducible NO synthase in 1 × 120- and 2 × 120-min treatments, whereas the mRNA levels for endothelial NO synthase, soluble guanylyl cyclase, protein kinase G, and cyclic nucleotide-gated channels were not affected by single and repetitive immobilization. In parallel, in vivo androgen levels and in vitro Leydig cell steroidogenesis were also affected by 1 × 120- and 2 × 120-min immobilization treatments, but recovered after 10 × 120-min treatment. Experiments with inhibitors of soluble guanylyl cyclase revealed the dual effect of stress-induced NO production on Leydig cells steroidogenesis: inhibitory effect is mediated directly by this messenger, and stimulatory effect is mediated through NO-dependent cGMP signaling pathway.

Authors’ Affiliations

Faculty of Sciences, University of Novi Sad
Section on Cellular Signaling, ERRB, NICHD, National Institutes of Health


© Andric et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2007

This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd.