Mayerhofer, Artur; Russell, J. T.; Grothe, C.; Rudolf, M.; Gratzl, Manfred
Presence and localization of a 30-kDa basic fibroblast growth factor-like protein in rodent testes.
In: Endocrinology, Vol. 129: pp. 921-924
We have used a recently characterized rabbit antiserum against basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF), which recognizes various forms of bFGF, to examine the presence and localization of bFGF in the testes of adult rats and mice and the 5-day-old rat. In Western blots of testicular homogenates of adult rats and mice and immature rats, immunoreactive single bands at approximately 30 kDa were detected. Immunocytochemistry revealed specific staining restricted to the tubular compartment. In 5-day-old rat testes, prespermatogonia were immunoreactive. The cytoplasm of pachytene spermatocytes was heavily stained in the adult testes of both species. Staining of these cells became evident around stage IV/V, was prominent in stage VII through IX and declined about stage XII/XIII (rat) or X-XI (mouse). Staining was seen in type A spermatogonia and in elongating spermatids in their cytoplasmatic lobes and along their flagellae. Sertoli cells were unstained. We propose that the pluripotential growth factor bFGF could be involved in the regulation of germ cell proliferation and differentiation in the adult and immature testis.