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duwole, O., Peltoketo, H., Huhtaniemi, I. (2018) Role of Follicle-Stimulating Hormone in Spermatogenesis. Frontiers in Endocrinology, 9, 763.

Role of follicle-stimulating hormone in spermatogenesis

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Author: Oduwole, Olayiwola O.1; Peltoketo, Hellevi2; Huhtaniemi, Ilpo T.1,3
Organizations: 1Department of Surgery and Cancer, Institute of Reproductive and Developmental Biology, Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom
2Cancer and Translational Medicine Research Unit, Laboratory of Cancer Genetics and Tumor Biology, Biocenter Oulu, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
3Department of Physiology, University of Turku, Turku, Finland
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Language: English
Published: Frontiers Media, 2018
Publish Date: 2019-01-30


Spermatogenesis is a concerted sequence of events during maturation of spermatogonia into spermatozoa. The process involves differential gene-expression and cell-cell interplay regulated by the key endocrine stimuli, i.e., follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH)-stimulated testosterone. FSH affects independently and in concert with testosterone, the proliferation, maturation and function of the supporting Sertoli cells that produce regulatory signals and nutrients for the maintenance of developing germ cells. Rodents are able to complete spermatogenesis without FSH stimulus, but its deficiency significantly decreases sperm quantity. Men carrying loss-of-function mutation in the gene encoding the ligand (FSHB) or its receptor (FSHR) present, respectively, with azoospermia or suppressed spermatogenesis. Recently, the importance of high intratesticular testosterone concentration for spermatogenesis has been questioned. It was established that it can be completed at minimal intratesticular concentration of the hormone. Furthermore, we recently demonstrated that very robust constitutive FSHR action can rescue spermatogenesis and fertility of mice even when the testosterone stimulus is completely blocked. The clinical relevance of these findings concerns a new strategy of high-dose FSH in treatment of spermatogenic failure.

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Series: Frontiers in endocrinology
ISSN: 1664-2392
ISSN-E: 1664-2392
ISSN-L: 1664-2392
Volume: 9
Article number: 763
DOI: 10.3389/fendo.2018.00763
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 1184 Genetics, developmental biology, physiology
3111 Biomedicine
Funding: The original work in this review was supported by the Wellcome Trust Programme Grant (082101/Z07/Z) and the MRC Project Grant (0600002) to ITH.
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