Immunolocalization of Inhibin/Activin Subunit Proteins During the Breeding Season in Testes and Scented Glands of Muskrats (Ondatra zibethicus)

Xiaoting MA, Haolin ZHANG, Jiaju WENG, Xia SHENG, Lu LU, Xiao HU, Shuqiang LIU, Meiyu XU, Qiang WENG, Gen WATANABE, Kazuyoshi TAYA
2011 Journal of Veterinary Medical Science  
The objective of this study was to investigate the cellular immunolocalization of inhibin  and inhibin/activin ( A and  B ) subunits in the muskrat testes and scented glands during the breeding season. Inhibin  and inhibin/activin ( A and  B ) subunits were expressed in Sertoli cells and Leydig cells of testes and glandular cells of scented glands, respectively. Also, positive signals of inhibin  and inhibin/activin ( A and  B ) subunits by Western blotting were both observed in
more » ... observed in testicular and scented glandular tissues. These results suggested that the testes and scented glands of the muskrats had the ability to synthesize inhibins and activins and that activins and inhibins might play an important role in testicular and scented glandular function in muskrats.
doi:10.1292/jvms.10-0486 pmid:21532261 fatcat:cxroclnt2jaxje3ok3i7y5kski