Comptes rendus des séances de la Société de biologie et de ses filiales vol:174 issue:5 pages:893-7
17 beta oestradiol and inhibin production by Sertoli cells has been investigated in vitro. In basal conditions, 17 beta-oestradiol secretion is weak whereas inhibin production is undetectable on days 7 and 9 of culture. Addition of PMSG (FSH-like gonadotrophin) and testosterone to the culture medium induces a simultaneous increase in 17 beta-oestradiol and inhibin production. PMSG alone has no effect neither on inhibin nor on 17 beta-oestradiol secretion. Testosterone alone significantly increases 17 beta-oestradiol and inhibin production. Human chorionic gonadotrophin (LH-like gonadotrophin) does not modify inhibin secretion. Dihydrotestosterone stimulates inhibin production without affecting oestrogens secretion. Thus, stimulation of aromatization of testosterone into 17 beta-oestradiol is associated with an increase of inhibin production, but this effect seems to be due to a direct action of androgens.