Cai Y, Chew C, Muñoz F, Sengelaub D (2017) Neuroprotective effects of testosterone metabolites and dependency on receptor action on the morphology of somatic motoneurons following the death of neighboring motoneurons. Dev Neurobiol 77:691-707.. doi: 10.1002/dneu.22445
Summary: In this study the authors examined whether the protective effects of testosterone could be mediated via its androgenic or estrogenic metabolites and if these neuroprotective effects were mediated through steroid hormone receptors. Analysis was done using receptor antagonists to attempt to prevent the neuroprotective effects of hormones after partial motoneuron depletion. These motoneurons were selectively killed by intramuscular injection of CTB-SAP (2 ul, 0.1%) (Cat. #IT-14). Compared with intact normal animals, partial motoneuron depletion resulted in decreased dendritic length in remaining quadriceps motoneurons. Dendritic atrophy was attenuated with both dihydrotestosterone and estradiol treatment to a degree similar to that seen with testosterone and attenuation of atrophy was prevented by receptor blockade. Together, the results suggest that neuroprotective effects on motoneurons can be mediated by either androgenic or estrogenic hormones and require action via steroid hormone receptors, further supporting a role for hormones as neurotherapeutic agents in the injured nervous system.
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