• N H Gopal Dutt

      Articles written in Proceedings – Plant Sciences

    • Effect of cadmium chloride on the serum levels of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinizing hormone (LH) and androgens in the adult male rat

      N H Gopal Dutt K Wakabayashi S Inoue

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      Adult male rats injected with cadmium chloride were compared with controls with respect to serum levels of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinizing hormone (LH), androgens and testicular histology. A single injection of cadmium chloride (9 mg/kg) was found to bring about no consistent short term changes in the plasma levels of FSH or LH, but after a long period the levels of both these hormones were elevated. In contrast, the levels of androgen showed a sharp increase at 6 h which declined by 12 h. In accordance with the elevated levels of gonadotropins found at 9–28 days after cadmium chloride injection, the androgen levels showed a drastic reduction. Histological aspect of the testis revealed acute necrotic changes of which the vacuolation of spermatid nuclei and fibrosis of Leydig cells are noteworthy.

    • Prolactin secreting cells in the hypophysis of the brown spiny mouseMus platythrix (Bennett)

      N A Madhyastha N H Gopal Dutt

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      Prolactin secreting cells are identified in thepars distalis of Mus platythrix by conventional methods of light and electron microscopy. Two types of prolactin secreting cells are recognised. These types are estrone-sensitive, mammotrophic type I, and luteotrophic type II, respectively. Histochemical analysis revealed that the cells are rich in RNA, basic proteins, alkaline phosphatase and are resistant to extraction with 0·5% trichloroacetic acid. Quantitative data showed that the prolactin secreting cells increase during pregnancy, lactation and estrone treatment. Estrone at low dose levels caused immense hyperplasia whereas at higher levels there was no corresponding increase in the percentage of type I cells. Ultrastructurally, prolactin secreting cells are characterised by the presence of stacked endoplasmic reticulum, oval or irregular secretory granules. The Golgi apparatus is seen rich in vacuolar system.

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