Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine

, Volume 83, Issue 3, pp 308–309 | Cite as

Functional and structural changes in the adrenal cortex of rabbits with chronic prostatitis

  • B. V. Aleshin
  • L. A. Bondarenko
  • A. S. Breslavskii
  • B. A. Vartapetov
  • A. I. Gladkova
Pathological Physiology and General Pathology


Investigation of the state of the adrenal cortex of rabbits during inhibition of the internal secretory activity of the testes caused by chronic inflammation of the prostate gland revealed progressive hyperplasia of the zona reticularis of the adrenal cortex, whereas the zona glomerulosa showed no marked pathological changes and the zona fasciculata showed hypoplasia. Consequently, a normal or increased excretion of androgens observed in the experimental males, despite a reduction in the synthesis of testosterone in the testes, is maintained by increased activity of the zona reticularis of the adrenal cortex.

Key words

prostate gland testes adrenal cortex androgens 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • B. V. Aleshin
  • L. A. Bondarenko
  • A. S. Breslavskii
  • B. A. Vartapetov
  • A. I. Gladkova

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