High expression of NPY receptors in the human testis

Körner, Meike; Waser, Beatriche; Thalmann, George N; Reubi, Jean-Claude (2011). High expression of NPY receptors in the human testis. Molecular and cellular endocrinology, 337(1-2), pp. 62-70. Shannon: Elsevier Ireland 10.1016/j.mce.2011.01.021

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NPY receptors represent novel molecular therapeutic targets in cancer and obesity. However, the extent of NPY receptor expression in normal human tissues is poorly investigated. Based on the role of NPY in reproductive functions, the NPY receptor expression was studied in 25 normal human testes and, additionally, 24 testicular tumors using NPY receptor autoradiography. In the normal testis, Leydig cells strongly expressed NPY receptor subtype Y2, and small arterial blood vessels Y1. Y2 receptors were found to be functional with agonist-stimulated [(35)S]GTPγS binding autoradiography. Full functional integrity of the NPY system was further suggested by the immunohistochemical detection of NPY peptide in nerve fibers directly adjacent to Leydig cells and arteries. Germ cell tumors expressed Y1 and Y2 on tumor cells in 33% and Y1 on intratumoral blood vessels in 50%. Based on its strong NPY receptor expression in Leydig cells and blood vessels, the normal human testis represents a potentially important physiological and pharmalogical NPY target.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Service Sector > Institute of Pathology
04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Dermatology, Urology, Rheumatology, Nephrology, Osteoporosis (DURN) > Clinic of Urology

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Körner Jachertz, Meike; Waser, Beatrice; Thalmann, George and Reubi-Kattenbusch, Jean-Claude


500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health




Elsevier Ireland




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04 Oct 2013 14:18

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14 Oct 2019 16:24

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https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/5522 (FactScience: 210275)

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