Endocrine - Gonad Development

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Introduction

Female HPG axis

The term gonad refers to both the female ovary and the male testis, which have their own topic pages.

This section of notes refers only to the development of the gonad as an endocrine organ. A detailed description of the gonad development is covered in both Ovary Development and Testis Development.

Embryonically, initial endocrine development of the testis is required for development of both the internal genital tract and the external genitalia.

Postnatally, the gonads are part of an integrated Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Gonad (HPG) axis.


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1903 Islets of Langerhans | 1904 interstitial Cells | 1908 Pancreas Different Species | 1908 Pituitary | 1908 Pituitary histology | 1911 Rathke's pouch | 1912 Suprarenal Bodies | 1914 Suprarenal Organs | 1915 Pharynx | 1916 Thyroid | 1918 Rabbit Hypophysis | 1920 Adrenal | 1935 Mammalian Hypophysis | 1926 Human Hypophysis | 1927 Hypophyseal fossa | 1932 Pineal Gland and Cysts | 1935 Hypophysis | 1937 Pineal | 1938 Parathyroid | 1940 Adrenal | 1941 Thyroid | 1950 Thyroid Parathyroid Thymus | 1957 Adrenal


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1901 Urinogenital Tract | 1902 The Uro-Genital System | 1904 Ovary and Testis | 1904 Leydig Cells | 1904 Hymen | 1905 Testis vascular | 1909 Prostate | 1912 Prostate | 1912 Urinogenital Organ Development | 1914 External Genitalia | 1914 Female | 1915 Cowper’s and Bartholin’s Glands | 1920 Wolffian tubules | 1921 Urogenital Development | 1921 External Genital | 1927 Female Foetus 15 cm | 1932 Postnatal Ovary | 1935 Prepuce | 1935 Wolffian Duct | 1942 Sex Cords | 1943 Testes Descent | 1953 Germ Cells | Historic Embryology Papers | Historic Disclaimer

Some Recent Findings

  • Transcriptional activity of oestrogen receptors in the course of embryo development[1] "Oestrogens are well-known proliferation and differentiation factors that play an essential role in the correct development of sex-related organs and behaviour in mammals. With the use of the ERE-Luc reporter mouse model, we show herein that throughout mouse development, oestrogen receptors (ERs) are active starting from day 12 post conception. Most interestingly, we show that prenatal luciferase expression in each organ is proportionally different in relation to the germ layer of the origin. The luciferase content is highest in ectoderm-derived organs (such as brain and skin) and is lowest in endoderm-derived organs (such as liver, lung, thymus and intestine). Consistent with the testosterone surge occurring in male mice at the end of pregnancy, in the first 2 days after birth, we observed a significant increase in the luciferase content in several organs, including the liver, bone, gonads and hindbrain. The results of the present study show a widespread transcriptional activity of ERs in developing embryos, pointing to the potential contribution of these receptors in the development of non-reproductive as well as reproductive organs. Consequently, the findings reported here might be relevant in explaining the significant differences in male and female physiopathology reported by a growing number of studies and may underline the necessity for more systematic analyses aimed at the identification of the prenatal effects of drugs interfering with ER signalling, such as aromatase inhibitors or endocrine disrupter chemicals."
  • Regulation of seminiferous tubule-associated stem Leydig cells in adult rat testes[2] "Testicular Leydig cells are the primary source of testosterone in males. Adult Leydig cells have been shown to arise from stem cells present in the neonatal testis. Once established, adult Leydig cells turn over only slowly during adult life, but when these cells are eliminated experimentally from the adult testis, new Leydig cells rapidly reappear. As in the neonatal testis, stem cells in the adult testis are presumed to be the source of the new Leydig cells. ... The proliferation of the stem Leydig cells was stimulated by paracrine factors including Desert hedgehog (DHH), basic fibroblast growth factor (FGF2), platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), and activin. Suppression of proliferation occurred with transforming growth factor β (TGF-β). The differentiation of the stem cells was regulated positively by DHH, lithium- induced signaling, and activin, and negatively by TGF-β, PDGFBB, and FGF2. DHH functioned as a commitment factor, inducing the transition of stem cells to the progenitor stage and thus into the Leydig cell lineage."
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Halima Albalushi, Lena Sahlin, Elisabet Åkesson, Magdalena Kurek, Kristín Rós Kjartansdóttir, Rika Lindh, Olle Söder, Emilia Rotstein, Outi Hovatta, Jan-Bernd Stukenborg Hormone production by human first-trimester gonads in a functional in vitro system. Endocrinology: 2018; PubMed 30418555

Rachel Bleach, Marie McIlroy The Divergent Function of Androgen Receptor in Breast Cancer; Analysis of Steroid Mediators and Tumor Intracrinology. Front Endocrinol (Lausanne): 2018, 9;594 PubMed 30416486

Aina O Adeogun, Oju R Ibor, Azubuike V Chukwuka, Francesco Regoli, Augustine Arukwe The intersex phenomenon in Sarotherodon melanotheron from Lagos lagoon (Nigeria): Occurrence and severity in relation to contaminants burden in sediment. Environ. Pollut.: 2018, 244;747-756 PubMed 30384080

Lloyd J W Tack, Ellen Maris, Leendert H J Looijenga, Sabine E Hannema, Laura Audi, Birgit Köhler, Paul-Martin Holterhus, Stefan Riedl, Amy Wisniewski, Christa E Flück, Justin H Davies, Guy T Apos Sjoen, Angela K Lucas-Herald, Olcay Evliyaoglu, Nils Krone, Violeta Iotova, Otilia Marginean, Antonio Balsamo, Gilvydas Verkauskas, Naomi Weintrob, Mona Ellaithi, Anna Nordenström, Annemarie Verrijn Stuart, Kirsten B Kluivers, Katja P Wolffenbuttel, S Faisal Ahmed, Martine Cools Management of Gonads in Adults with Androgen Insensitivity: An International Survey. Horm Res Paediatr: 2018;1-11 PubMed 30336477

Hikmat Permana, Guntur Darmawan, Ervita Ritonga, Maya Kusumawati, Miftahurachman Miftahurachman, Nanny Natalia Soetedjo An Interesting Case of Hepatic Adrenocortical Carcinoma. Acta Med Indones: 2018, 50(3);257-259 PubMed 30333277


Older papers  
  • Fetal Testosterone (FT) Influences Sexually Dimorphic Gray Matter in the Human Brain[3] "These results bridge a long-standing gap between human and nonhuman species by showing that fetal testosterone acts as an organizing mechanism for the development of regional sexual dimorphism in the human brain." Male Hormone Levels | Neural System Development

HPG Axis - Endocrinology - Simplified diagram of the actions of gonadotrophins

Gonad Development

Infant Ovary
  • mesoderm - mesothelium and underlying mesenchyme, primordial germ cells
  • Gonadal ridge - mesothelium thickening, medial mesonephros
  • Primordial Germ cells - yolk sac, to mesentery of hindgut, to genital ridge of developing kidney

Differentiation

  • testis-determining factor (TDF) from Y chromosome: presence (testes), absence (ovaries)

Testis

  • 8 Weeks, mesenchyme, interstitial cells (of Leydig) secrete testosterone, androstenedione
  • 8 to 12 Weeks - hCG stimulates testosterone production
  • Sustentacular cells - produce anti-mullerian hormone to puberty

Ovary

  • X chromosome genes regulate ovary development

Male Hormone Levels

Testicular Leydig cells (interstitial cells) are the main source of testosterone in males.

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Human Male Testosterone and Anti-Müllerian Hormone (AMH) relative levels[4]

Leydig Cells

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Leydig cells stained for LHCGR1[5]

Steroidogenesis

Steroidogenesis

Androgen and Digit ratio (2D:4D)

Androgen and Digit ratio (2D:4D

The ratio of 2nd and 4th finger (D, digit) length. This ratio has been suggested to relate to high fetal testosterone concentration (males have lower 2D:4D than females) and has been shown for several species.[6] Although a study in mice has not shown the same correlation.[7] There have been some suggestions that the ratio may also be an indicator of various neurological abnormalities.

To measure (2D:4D) - using your right hand palm up, measure the index finger (2) and ring finger (4) length from palm to tip. Dividing the index finger by the ring finger gives the 2D:4D ratio, average women ratio is 1, average men is 0.98.


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Historic Embryology - Genital 
1901 Urinogenital Tract | 1902 The Uro-Genital System | 1904 Ovary and Testis | 1904 Leydig Cells | 1904 Hymen | 1905 Testis vascular | 1909 Prostate | 1912 Prostate | 1912 Urinogenital Organ Development | 1914 External Genitalia | 1914 Female | 1915 Cowper’s and Bartholin’s Glands | 1920 Wolffian tubules | 1921 Urogenital Development | 1921 External Genital | 1927 Female Foetus 15 cm | 1932 Postnatal Ovary | 1935 Prepuce | 1935 Wolffian Duct | 1942 Sex Cords | 1943 Testes Descent | 1953 Germ Cells | Historic Embryology Papers | Historic Disclaimer

Adult Histology

References

  1. Della Torre S, Rando G, Meda C, Ciana P, Ottobrini L & Maggi A. (2018). Transcriptional activity of oestrogen receptors in the course of embryo development. J. Endocrinol. , 238, 165-176. PMID: 30012715 DOI.
  2. Li X, Wang Z, Jiang Z, Guo J, Zhang Y, Li C, Chung J, Folmer J, Liu J, Lian Q, Ge R, Zirkin BR & Chen H. (2016). Regulation of seminiferous tubule-associated stem Leydig cells in adult rat testes. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. , 113, 2666-71. PMID: 26929346 DOI.
  3. Lombardo MV, Ashwin E, Auyeung B, Chakrabarti B, Taylor K, Hackett G, Bullmore ET & Baron-Cohen S. (2012). Fetal testosterone influences sexually dimorphic gray matter in the human brain. J. Neurosci. , 32, 674-80. PMID: 22238103 DOI.
  4. Rey R. (2005). Anti-Müllerian hormone in disorders of sex determination and differentiation. Arq Bras Endocrinol Metabol , 49, 26-36. PMID: 16544032 DOI.
  5. Kossack N, Simoni M, Richter-Unruh A, Themmen AP & Gromoll J. (2008). Mutations in a novel, cryptic exon of the luteinizing hormone/chorionic gonadotropin receptor gene cause male pseudohermaphroditism. PLoS Med. , 5, e88. PMID: 18433292 DOI.
  6. McIntyre MH. (2006). The use of digit ratios as markers for perinatal androgen action. Reprod. Biol. Endocrinol. , 4, 10. PMID: 16504142 DOI.
  7. Yan RH, Bunning M, Wahlsten D & Hurd PL. (2009). Digit ratio (2Dratio4D) differences between 20 strains of inbred mice. PLoS ONE , 4, e5801. PMID: 19495421 DOI.


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