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The Effects of Cortisone and of Estradiol Given to Pregnant Rats on the Structural Differentiation of the Adrenal Cortex and the Ovary in Their Offspring

  • Ora J. Safriel
  • Asher Ornoy
  • Laslo Nebel
  • Michael Finkelstein
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 27)

Abstract

Administration of estrogens to neonatal rats has been reported by Gorski (1) to inhibit the maturation of their ovaries, leading later to sterility. Estrogens in high doses injected into pregnant rats may cross the placenta and lead to sterility in the female young. The ovaries of these female offspring, according to Adams-Smith (2,3), exhibit structural changes resembling those seen in the human micropolycystic ovary. Similarly, administration of corticosteroids to pregnant rats or to neonates adversely affects the early differentiation of the adrenal cortex (4). However, the structural damages occurring in the fetal adrenal and ovary by the transplacental effect of estrogens or corticoids have not been described.

Keywords

Ovarian Tissue Adrenal Cortex Female Offspring Treated Mother Zona Fasciculata 
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References

  1. 1.
    GORSKI, R.A. Am. J. Physiol. 205: 842, 1963.PubMedGoogle Scholar
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    ADAMS-SMITH, W.V. J. Endocr. 45: 143, 1969.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    ADAMS-SMITH, W.V. In: Abstracts Second Annual Meeting of the Society of Reproduction, p. 13, Univ. of California, (1969).Google Scholar
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    ANGERVALL, L. LUNDIN, M. Acta Endocrinol. 50: 104, 1965.PubMedGoogle Scholar

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© Plenum Press, New York 1972

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ora J. Safriel
    • 1
    • 2
  • Asher Ornoy
    • 1
    • 2
  • Laslo Nebel
    • 1
    • 2
  • Michael Finkelstein
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of EndocrinologyThe Hebrew University Hadassah Medical SchoolJerusalemIsrael
  2. 2.Department of Embryology and TeratologyTel Aviv University, Tel-Hashomer HospitalIsrael

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