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Localisation of oestrogen receptors (ERalpha and ERbeta) in the human and rat epididymides

Agnieszka Kolasa, Barbara Wiszniewska, Mariola Marchlewicz, Lidia Wenda-Różewicka
Folia Morphol 2003;62(4):467-469.

open access

Vol 62, No 4 (2003)
SHORT COMMUNICATIONS
Published online: 2003-09-05
Submitted: 2012-02-06

Abstract

The aim of the study was to compare the localisation of oestrogen receptors α and β (ER α and ER β) in the human and rat epididymides. In the human epididymis the immunoexpression for ER α was detected in the nuclei of the caput epithelial cells, while positive reaction for ER α was observed in the nuclei of the cauda epithelial cells. In the rat epididymis, immunoexpression for ER α showed nuclei of the caput and cauda epithelial cells. However, the reaction was stronger in cells of the caput epididymis. A positive reaction for ER β was observed in the nuclei of smooth muscle cells of the epididymal duct and in the nuclei of interstitial tissue cells of the rat caput and cauda epididymis. We have demonstrated that localisation of ER α and ER β is cell-, region- and species-dependent.

Abstract

The aim of the study was to compare the localisation of oestrogen receptors α and β (ER α and ER β) in the human and rat epididymides. In the human epididymis the immunoexpression for ER α was detected in the nuclei of the caput epithelial cells, while positive reaction for ER α was observed in the nuclei of the cauda epithelial cells. In the rat epididymis, immunoexpression for ER α showed nuclei of the caput and cauda epithelial cells. However, the reaction was stronger in cells of the caput epididymis. A positive reaction for ER β was observed in the nuclei of smooth muscle cells of the epididymal duct and in the nuclei of interstitial tissue cells of the rat caput and cauda epididymis. We have demonstrated that localisation of ER α and ER β is cell-, region- and species-dependent.
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Keywords

oestrogen receptor alpha and beta; immunohistochemistry; human and rat epididymis

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Title

Localisation of oestrogen receptors (ERalpha and ERbeta) in the human and rat epididymides

Journal

Folia Morphologica

Issue

Vol 62, No 4 (2003)

Pages

467-469

Published online

2003-09-05

Bibliographic record

Folia Morphol 2003;62(4):467-469.

Keywords

oestrogen receptor alpha and beta
immunohistochemistry
human and rat epididymis

Authors

Agnieszka Kolasa
Barbara Wiszniewska
Mariola Marchlewicz
Lidia Wenda-Różewicka

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