Gen Comp Endocrinol 1989 Jan;73(1):69-79
Department of Animal Breeding, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Tokyo, Japan.
To elucidate synthetic pathways of testosterone and estradiol-17 beta in embryonic gonads of the chicken, metabolism of various 14C-labeled steroids in slices of the left ovaries and paired testes of 15- and 9-day-old chicken embryos was examined. (1) Fifteen-day-old chicken embryos: From pregnenolone, more 17 alpha-hydroxypregnenolone was produced than progesterone in the ovary, while more progesterone was produced than 17 alpha-hydroxypregnenolone in the testis. From 17 alpha-hydroxypregnenolone, however, only dehydroepiandrosterone was detected as a product in both gonads. Read More