Leydig Cell Aromatase

From Gene to Physiology
  • Serge Carreau
Part of the Contemporary Endocrinology book series (COE)


The ability of the mammalian testis to produce estrogens is well known and Leydig cells represent an important source. Taking into account the widespread distribution of estrogen receptors in male gonad and additionnai expression of aromatase in germ cells, the role of estrogens in male reproduction is more complex than previously realized.

Key Words

Aromatase estrogen receptors estrogens germ cells Leydig cells mammals reproduction 


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  • Serge Carreau
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  1. 1.Laboratoire Biochimie, USC2006 INRA-EA2608IBFA-UniversitéCaenFrance

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