Publications by authors named "Mariana Costanzo"

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Testis formation in XX individuals resulting from novel pathogenic variants in Wilms' tumor 1 () gene.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2020 06 3;117(24):13680-13688. Epub 2020 Jun 3.

Human Developmental Genetics Unit, Institut Pasteur, 75724 Paris, France;

Sex determination in mammals is governed by antagonistic interactions of two genetic pathways, imbalance in which may lead to disorders/differences of sex development (DSD) in human. Among 46,XX individuals with testicular DSD (TDSD) or ovotesticular DSD (OTDSD), testicular tissue is present in the gonad. Although the testis-determining gene is present in many cases, the etiology is unknown in most -negative patients. We performed exome sequencing on 78 individuals with 46,XX TDSD/OTDSD of unknown genetic etiology and identified seven (8.97%) with heterozygous variants affecting the fourth zinc finger (ZF4) of Wilms' tumor 1 (WT1) (p.Ser478Thrfs*17, p.Pro481Leufs*15, p.Lys491Glu, p.Arg495Gln [x3], p.Arg495Gly). The variants were de novo in six families ( = 4.4 × 10), and the incidence of WT1 variants in 46,XX DSD is enriched compared to control populations ( < 1.8 × 10). The introduction of ZF4 mutants into a human granulosa cell line resulted in up-regulation of endogenous Sertoli cell transcripts and XX mice display masculinization of the fetal gonads. The phenotype could be explained by the ability of the mutated proteins to physically interact with and sequester a key pro-ovary factor β-CATENIN, which may lead to up-regulation of testis-specific pathway. Our data show that unlike previous association of WT1 and 46,XY DSD, ZF4 variants of WT1 are a relatively common cause of 46,XX TDSD/OTDSD. This expands the spectrum of phenotypes associated with WT1 variants and shows that the WT1 protein affecting ZF4 can function as a protestis factor in an XX chromosomal context.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1921676117DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7306989PMC
June 2020

Estrogens in Human Male Gonadotropin Secretion and Testicular Physiology From Infancy to Late Puberty.

Front Endocrinol (Lausanne) 2020 25;11:72. Epub 2020 Feb 25.

Endocrinology Department, Hospital de Pediatría "Prof. Dr. Juan P. Garrahan", Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Several reports in humans as well as transgenic mouse models have shown that estrogens play an important role in male reproduction and fertility. Estrogen receptor alpha (ERα) and beta (ERβ) are expressed in different male tissues including the brain. The estradiol-binding protein GPER1 also mediates estrogen action in target tissues. In human testes a minimal ERα expression during prepuberty along with a marked pubertal up-regulation in germ cells has been reported. ERβ expression was detected mostly in spermatogonia, primary spermatocytes, and immature spermatids. In Sertoli cells ERβ expression increases with age. The aromatase enzyme (cP450arom), which converts androgens to estrogens, is widely expressed in human tissues (including gonads and hypothalamus), even during fetal life, suggesting that estrogens are also involved in human fetal physiology. Moreover, cP450arom is expressed in the early postnatal testicular Leydig cells and spermatogonia. Even though the aromatase complex is required for estrogen synthesis, its biological relevance is also related to the regulation of the balance between androgens and estrogens in different tissues. Knockout mouse models of aromatase (ArKO) and estrogen receptors (ERKOα, ERKOβ, and ERKOαβ) provide an important tool to study the effects of estrogens on the male reproductive physiology including the gonadal axis. High basal serum FSH levels were reported in adult aromatase-deficient men, suggesting that estrogens are involved in the negative regulatory gonadotropin feedback. However, normal serum gonadotropin levels were observed in an aromatase-deficient boy, suggesting a maturational pattern role of estrogen in the regulation of gonadotropin secretion. Nevertheless, the role of estrogens in primate testis development and function is controversial and poorly understood. This review addresses the role of estrogens in gonadotropin secretion and testicular physiology in male humans especially during childhood and puberty.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fendo.2020.00072DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7051936PMC
March 2021

The Low-Dose ACTH Test: Usefulness of Combined Analysis of Serum and Salivary Maximum Cortisol Response in Pediatrics.

J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2019 10;104(10):4323-4330

Servicio de Endocrinologia, Hospital de Pediatria Garrahan, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Context: The low-dose (1 µg) ACTH test (LDT) is widely used to assess central adrenal insufficiency (CAI); however, the serum cortisol cutoff value is controversial. Salivary cortisol (SC) may be a more accurate measurement for CAI.

Objective: To assess a new maximum cutoff value of serum cortisol after LDT in pediatric patients, taking into account serum and SC measurements.

Design And Setting: Prospective study in a pediatric tertiary referral center.

Working Hypothesis: The combined analysis of serum and SC response to LDT might improve LDT for CAI diagnosis.

Participant And Outcome Measurement: A total of 145 pediatric patients underwent LDT. Serum and SC levels were measured. A central adrenal sufficient (CAS) response was established according to the reference serum cortisol cutoff value of ≥497 nmol/L.

Results: The LDT study showed central adrenal sufficiency in 72 patients and CAI in 73 patients. Considering the lower quartile of maximum SC value (21 nmol/L) in the CAS group, an intermediate CAI (InCAI) group and a real CAI (RCAI) group were defined. Regarding the median maximum value of serum cortisol levels in the InCAI group, a new serum cortisol cutoff value of 450 nmol/L was established. Furthermore, 91% of the patients in the RCAI group were below this cutoff value.

Conclusion: The combined evaluation of maximum serum and SC levels to LDT might be useful to define an InCAI group and to avoid unnecessary hormone replacement therapy. However, rigorous patient follow-up is required.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1210/jc.2019-00304DOI Listing
October 2019

Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome: Clinical Phenotype and Molecular Analysis in a Single Tertiary Center Cohort

J Clin Res Pediatr Endocrinol 2019 02 25;11(1):24-33. Epub 2018 Sep 25.

Hospital de Pediatria Garrahan, Endocrinology Service, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Objective: The aim of this study was the molecular characterization of the gene as the cause of 46,XY disorder in our population.

Methods: We studied 41, non related, 46,XY disorder of sexual differentiation index cases, having characteristics consistent with androgen insensivity syndrome (AIS). Genomic DNA was isolated from peripheral blood leukocytes of all patients and 25 family members from 17 non-related families.

Results: The gene analysis revealed an abnormal sequence in 58.5% of the index patients. All of the complete AIS (CAIS) cases were genetically confirmed, while in the partial form (PAIS) a mutation in was detected in only 13 (43.3%). Molecular studies revealed other affected or carrier relatives in 87% of the index cases. The mutations were found spread along the whole coding sequence, with a higher prevalence in the ligand binding domain. Nine out of 23 (39%) mutations were novel. In 17% of patients with detected mutations, somatic mosaicism was detected in leucocyte DNA. In our cohort, long-term follow up gender dysphoria, raised as male or female, was not found. Finally, in suspected PAIS, the identification of mutation occurred significantly less than in CAIS patients.

Conclusion: Improved knowledge of the components of the complex and signaling network might contribute to long term outcome and genetic counseling in AIS patients.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.4274/jcrpe.galenos.2018.2018.0185DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6398199PMC
February 2019

Accelerated Pubertal Tempo in a 46,XY Aromatase-Deficient Patient.

Horm Res Paediatr 2018 31;90(4):275-282. Epub 2018 Aug 31.

Servicio de Endocrinología, Hospital de Pediatría Garrahan, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Background: Aromatase deficiency is a rare autosomal recessive disorder. 46,XY-affected patients often remain undiagnosed until late puberty. Only 2 pediatric cases have been reported. Data on pubertal development in affected males are scarce.

Aim: To report the clinical phenotype and hormonal studies of an aromatase-deficient boy during the prepubertal and early pubertal period.

Results: The patient was the older brother of a 46,XX girl with aromatase deficiency. Molecular analysis revealed a previously reported homozygous mutation (Arg192Cys) in the CYP19A1 gene. Pubertal onset was at 9.8 years. At 11.3 years of age, signs of rapidly progressive puberty were seen. Laboratory tests revealed normal pubertal basal and GnRH-stimulated gonadotropin levels, normal Sertoli cell markers, and increased testosterone. The prepubertal lumbar spine bone mineral density (BMD) was normal but pubertal bone mineral accrual was incomplete, leading to osteopenia.

Conclusion: Estrogen restraint on gonadotropin secretion has been demonstrated in animal and human models. Interestingly, our patient presented with accelerated puberty and apparently normal pituitary gonadal function. These findings suggest that aromatase activity may be required to define pubertal progression in boys. Estrogen deficiency due to aromatase deficiency is responsible for insufficient bone mineral accrual during puberty.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1159/000492128DOI Listing
April 2019

Mutation of HSD3B2 Gene and Fate of Dehydroepiandrosterone.

Vitam Horm 2018 30;108:75-123. Epub 2018 Jun 30.

Endocrine Department, Hospital de Pediatría Garrahan, Buenos Aires, Argentina; National Scientific and Technical Research Council, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Electronic address:

3βHSD2 enzyme is crucial for adrenal and gonad steroid biosynthesis. In enzyme deficiency states, due to recessive loss-of-function HSD3B2 mutations, steroid flux is altered and clinical manifestations result. Deficiency of 3βHSD2 activity in the adrenals precludes normal aldosterone and cortisol synthesis and the alternative backdoor and 11-oxygenated C19 steroid pathways and the flooding of cortisol precursors along the Δ5 pathway with a marked rise in DHEA and DHEAS production. In gonads, it precludes normal T and estrogen synthesis. Here, we review androgen-dependent male differentiation of the external genitalia in humans and link this to female development and steroidogenesis in the developing adrenal cortex. The molecular mechanisms governing postnatal adrenal cortex zonation and ZR development were also revised. This chapter will review relevant clinical, hormonal, and genetic aspects of 3βHSD2 deficiency with emphasis on the significance of alternate fates encountered by steroid hormone precursors in the adrenal gland and gonads. Our current knowledge of the process of steroidogenesis and steroid action is derived from pathological conditions. In humans the 3βHSD2 deficiency represents a model of nature that reinforces our knowledge about the role of the steroidogenic alternative pathway in sex differentiation in both sexes. However, the physiological role of the high serum DHEAS levels in fetal life as well as after adrenarche remains to be elucidated.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/bs.vh.2018.05.002DOI Listing
November 2018

Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome at Prepuberty: Marked Loss of Spermatogonial Cells at Early Childhood and Presence of Gonocytes up to Puberty.

Sex Dev 2017 24;11(5-6):225-237. Epub 2018 Jan 24.

Servicio de Endocrinología, Hospital de Pediatría 'Prof. Dr. Juan Pedro Garrahan', Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Androgen insensitivity syndrome (AIS) is a hereditary condition in patients with a 46,XY karyotype in which loss-of-function mutations of the androgen receptor (AR) gene are responsible for defects in virilization. The aim of this study was to investigate the consequences of the lack of AR activity on germ cell survival and the degree of testicular development reached by these patients by analyzing gonadal tissue from patients with AIS prior to Sertoli cell maturation at puberty. Twenty-three gonads from 13 patients with AIS were assessed and compared to 18 testes from 17 subjects without endocrine disorders. The study of the gonadal structure using conventional microscopy and the ultrastructural characteristics of remnant germ cells using electron microscopy, combined with the immunohistochemical analysis of specific germ cell markers (MAGE-A4 for premeiotic germ cells and of OCT3/4 for gonocytes), enabled us to carry out a thorough investigation of germ cell life in an androgen-insensitive microenvironment throughout prepuberty until young adulthood. Here, we show that germ cell degeneration starts very early, with a marked decrease in number after only 2 years of life, and we demonstrate the permanence of gonocytes in AIS testis samples until puberty, describing 2 different populations. Additionally, our results provide further evidence for the importance of AR signaling in peritubular myoid cells during prepuberty to maintain Sertoli and spermatogonial cell health and survival.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1159/000486089DOI Listing
October 2018

Fertility Issues in Disorders of Sex Development.

Endocrinol Metab Clin North Am 2015 Dec 3;44(4):867-81. Epub 2015 Sep 3.

CONICET - FEI - División de Endocrinología, Centro de Investigaciones Endocrinológicas "Dr. César Bergadá" (CEDIE), Hospital de Niños Ricardo Gutiérrez, Gallo 1330, Buenos Aires C1425EFD, Argentina; Departamento de Histología, Biología Celular, Embriología y Genética, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Paraguay 2155, Buenos Aires C1121ABG, Argentina. Electronic address:

Fertility potential should be considered by the multidisciplinary team when addressing gender assignment, surgical management, and patient and family counselling of individuals with disorders of sex development. In 46,XY individuals, defects of gonadal differentiation or androgen or anti-Müllerian hormone synthesis or action result in incomplete or absent masculinization. In severe forms, raised as females, motherhood is possible with oocyte donation if Müllerian ducts have developed. In milder forms, raised as males, azoospermia or oligospermia are frequently found, however paternity has been reported. Most 46,XX patients with normal ovarian organogenesis are raised as females, and fertility might be possible after treatment.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecl.2015.07.012DOI Listing
December 2015

Five new cases of 46,XX aromatase deficiency: clinical follow-up from birth to puberty, a novel mutation, and a founder effect.

J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2015 Feb 21;100(2):E301-7. Epub 2014 Nov 21.

Endocrinology Service (R.M., N.P.G., M.Co., G.G., M.J., P.R., D.M.W., M.Ci., M.A.R., A.B., N.S.), Laboratory of Cellular Biology and Retrovirus (C.R.), Hospital de Pediatria Garrahan, C1245AAM Buenos Aires, Argentina; Endocrine Service (G.P.), Hospital Infantil Municipal de Córdoba, 5000 Córdoba, Argentina; Endocrine Service (J.G.F.), Hospital Regional de Concepcion, CPT4146GXD Tucuman, Argentina; and Endocrine Service (M.M.), Hospital de Niños de la Santísima Trinidad de Córdoba, 5000 Córdoba, Argentina.

Context: Aromatase is the key enzyme for estrogen biosynthesis and is encoded by the CYP19A1 gene. Since 1991, several molecular CYP19A1 gene alterations associated with aromatase deficiency have been described in both sexes.

Objective: The objective of the study was to detect CYP19A1 mutations in five aromatase-deficient 46,XX patients, to describe the clinical follow-up from birth to puberty and to perform haplotype analysis associated with the high-frequency c.628G>A splice mutation in Argentinean patients.

Design: The design of the study was the sequencing of the coding and flanking intronic regions of the CYP19A1 gene in all patients and parents. Haplotype analysis of patients carrying the c.628G>A mutation was also performed.

Patients: Clinical and biochemical findings in five new cases and one previously reported female aromatase-deficient patient (46,XX) are described. All patients presented with ambiguous genitalia at birth. Congenital adrenal hyperplasia due to 21-hydroxylase deficiency as well as other steroidogenic defects were ruled out.

Results: Phenotypic variability among the affected patients was found during follow-up. Direct sequencing of the CYP19A1 gene from genomic DNA revealed one novel mutation (c.574C>T) in two patients. In silico analysis predicted the c.574C>T mutation to be probably damaging. Four of six nonrelated patients presented with the c.628G>A splice mutation. Haplotype analysis showed that the c.628G>A splice mutation is associated with the same haplotype in our population.

Conclusions: Increased knowledge on phenotypical variability found in female aromatase-deficient patients is useful to improve the detection rate in this disorder. In our population, a genetic founder defect has probably contributed to an increase in the incidence of the c.628G>A splice mutation.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1210/jc.2014-2967DOI Listing
February 2015

[Novel heterozygous mutation in the steroidogenic acute regulatory protein gene in a 46,XY patient with congenital lipoid adrenal hyperplasia].

Medicina (B Aires) 2013 ;73(4):297-302

Servicio de Endocrinología, Hospital Nacional de Pediatría Juan P. Garrahan, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

StAR facilitates cholesterol entry into the mitochondria as part of the transduceosome complex. Recessive mutations in the gen STAR cause classic and nonclassic congenital lipoid adrenal hyperplasia. The aim of the study was to analyze the molecular consequences of a novel heterozygous STAR mutation in a 46,XY patient with ambiguous genitalia and adrenal insufficiency. We found a de novo heterozygous IVS-2A>G STAR mutation and the reported heterozygous p.G146A SF1 polymorphism with normal CYP11A1, FDXR, FDX1, VDAC1 and TSPO genes. RT-PCR and sequencing from patient's testicular RNA showed a -exon2 transcript and the wild-type (WT) transcript. Both 37 kDa precursor and 30 kDa mature protein were detected in COS-7 cell transfected with mutant and WT plasmids. Immunofluorescence showed almost no co-localization of mitochondria and mutant protein (delta22-59StAR). Delta22-59StAR activity was 65±13% of WT. Cotransfection with WT and delta22-59StAR plasmids reduced WT activity by 62.0% ± 13.9. Novel splice-junction heterozygous STAR mutation (IVS-2A>G) resulted in the in-frame loss of amino acids 22 to 59 in the N-terminal mitochondrial targeting signal. A misfolded p.G22_L59delStAR might interfere with WT StAR activity by blocking the transduceosome complex, causing an autosomal dominant form of StAR deficiency, explaining the clinical phenotype.
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June 2014

Unique dominant negative mutation in the N-terminal mitochondrial targeting sequence of StAR, causing a variant form of congenital lipoid adrenal hyperplasia.

J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2013 Jan 21;98(1):E153-61. Epub 2012 Nov 21.

Endocrine Service, Hospital de Pediatria Garrahan, Buenos Aires C1245AAM, Argentina.

Context: Steroid acute regulatory (StAR) protein is a mitochondria-targeted protein that is part of the transduceosome complex crucial for transport of cholesterol to mitochondria. Recessive mutations cause classic and nonclassic congenital lipoid adrenal hyperplasia.

Objective: The aim of this study was to report the clinical, hormonal, genetic, and functional data of a novel heterozygous mutation in the StAR gene found in a 46,XY patient with ambiguous genitalia and neonatal severe steroidogenic deficiency.

Patient: Undetectable serum steroids with high ACTH and plasma renin activity but normal acute GnRH response were found in infancy. After gonadectomy (at 3 yr of age), serum LH and testosterone were undetectable, whereas FSH was normal but increased slowly afterward. Estrogen replacement therapy, started at 10.2 yr of age, suppressed gonadotropins (for 2 yr). However, after 1 month off estrogens, the patient showed castrated levels. At 11.9 yr old, after fludrocortisone withdrawal because of hypertension, plasma renin activity and aldosterone remained normal, suggesting mineralocorticoid recovery by a StAR-independent mechanism.

Results: We found a de novo heterozygous IVS-2A>G StAR mutation and the reported heterozygous p.G146A SF1 polymorphism with normal CYP11A1, FDXR, FDX1, VDAC1, and TSPO genes. The mutant StAR transcript lacked exon 2, resulting in the in-frame loss of amino acids 22 to 59 in the N-terminal mitochondrial targeting signal. In vitro, the mutant protein exhibited reduced StAR activity in a dominant-negative manner and almost no mitochondria localization.

Conclusions: A misfolded p.G22_L59del StAR might interfere with wild-type StAR activity by blocking the transduceosome complex, causing an autosomal dominant form of StAR deficiency, explaining the clinical phenotype. We speculated that estrogen might have modulated mineralocorticoid function and pubertal maturation in a human natural model lacking endogenous steroid production.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1210/jc.2012-2865DOI Listing
January 2013

Preserved fertility in a patient with a 46,XY disorder of sex development due to a new heterozygous mutation in the NR5A1/SF-1 gene: evidence of 46,XY and 46,XX gonadal dysgenesis phenotype variability in multiple members of an affected kindred.

Horm Res Paediatr 2012 14;78(2):119-26. Epub 2012 Aug 14.

Endocrinology Service, Hospital de Pediatría Garrahan, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

In humans, steroidogenic factor 1 (NR5A1/SF-1) mutations have been reported to cause gonadal dysgenesis, with or without adrenal failure, in both 46,XY and 46,XX individuals. We have previously reported extreme within-family variability in affected 46,XY patients. Even though low ovarian reserve with preserved fertility has been reported in females harboring NR5A1 gene mutations, fertility has only been observed in one reported case in affected 46,XY individuals. A kindred with multiple affected members presenting gonadal dysgenesis was studied. Four 46,XY individuals presented severe hypospadias at birth, one of them associated with micropenis and cryptorchidism. The other 3 developed spontaneous male puberty, and 1 has fathered 5 children. Four 46,XX patients presented premature ovarian failure (one of them was not available for the study) or high follicle-stimulating hormone levels. Mutational analysis of the NR5A1 gene revealed a novel heterozygous mutation, c.938G→A, predicted to cause a p.Arg313Hys amino acid change. A highly conserved amino acid of the ligand-binding domain of the mature protein is affected, predicting abnormal protein function. We confirm that preserved fertility can be observed in patients with a 46,XY disorder of sex development due to heterozygous mutations in the NR5A1 gene.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1159/000338346DOI Listing
February 2013

Three new SF-1 (NR5A1) gene mutations in two unrelated families with multiple affected members: within-family variability in 46,XY subjects and low ovarian reserve in fertile 46,XX subjects.

Horm Res Paediatr 2011 22;75(1):70-7. Epub 2010 Sep 22.

Endocrinology Service, Hospital de Pediatria Garrahan, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Background: Three novel heterozygous SF-1 gene mutations affecting multiple members of two unrelated families with a history of 46,XY disorders of sex development (DSD) and 46,XX ovarian insufficiency are described.

Methods: clinical and mutational analysis of the SF-1 gene in 9 subjects of two families.

Results: family 1 had 2 affected 46,XY DSD subjects. One, born with severe perineal hypospadias, was raised as a male, and presented normal adolescence. The other, born with ambiguous genitalia, uterus, and mild testicular dysgenesis, was raised as a female. A W279X heterozygous mutation and an intronic deletion (g3314-3317delTCTC (IVS 4 + 8) was found in the SF-1 gene. In family 2, 4/6 affected siblings had 46,XY DSD or hypospadias. An affected 46,XX sister had normal sexual development but increased FSH levels. The 37-year-old affected mother had entered menopause. An Y183X heterozygous mutation was detected.

Conclusion: an extreme within-family phenotypic variability, ranging from severe prenatal undervirilization to normal pubertal development, was observed in 46,XY-affected siblings, indicating that other unknown factors might be involved in the phenotype. Low ovarian reserve and preserved fertility in 46,XX subjects can be observed in heterozygous SF-1 gene mutations.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1159/000320029DOI Listing
May 2011

Role of IGFs and insulin in the human testis during postnatal activation: differentiation of steroidogenic cells.

Pediatr Res 2008 Jun;63(6):662-6

Endocrine Service, Hospital de Pediatria Garrahan, Buenos Aires C1245 AAM, Argentina.

Immunoexpression of IGF-I, IGF-II, type 1 IGF receptor (IGFR), insulin receptor (IR), and GH receptor (GHR) was analyzed in human testis, in three age groups (Gr): Gr1 (neonates), Gr2 (postnatal testicular activation), and Gr3 (early prepuberty). In interstitial cells, low IGF-I and GHR, but moderate IR immunoexpression was observed in all Grs. However, high expression of IGF-II in Gr1, and moderate expression of IGFR in Gr1 and Gr2 were found. In Leydig cell (LC), high expression of IGF-II, moderate expression of IGFR and GHR, and undetectable IGF-I was found. Moreover, IR was highly expressed in Gr2. The effect of IGF-I on cell proliferation (PI) and apoptosis (AI), induction of cytochrome P450 side chain cleavage (cP450scc) immunoexpression, 3beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase mRNA and testosterone (T) secretion was evaluated in human testis cell cultures. IGF-I increased P450scc immunoexpression, 3beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase mRNA, T secretion, and PI, but decreased AI. We propose that IGF-II, mainly through IR, is involved in functional LC differentiation. In some interstitial cells, probably in LC precursors, IGF-II/IR could be involved, among other factors, in the stimulation of PI and/or inhibition of AI, and in LC differentiation.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1203/PDR.0b013e31816c8ffcDOI Listing
June 2008