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What is leydig cells?

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Veterinarian (VMD) Economics Risk Management Patna India

Leydig cells are interstitial cells located adjacent to the seminiferous tubules in the testes. Leydig cells, also known as interstitial cells of Leydig, are found adjacent to the seminiferous tubules in the testicle. Interstitial or Leydig cells are located in the connective tissue surrounding the seminiferous tubules. Fetal Leydig cells produce the high levels of androgen (testosterone or androstenedione, depending upon the species) required for differentiation. Leydig cells are the most potent cells in androgen synthesis (Eik-Nes, 1969), which is required for the development of secondary sexual characteristics such as the differentiation of the Wolffian duct into the male reproductive tract and development of the male external genitalia. …of the interstitial tissue (Leydig cells) of the testes and hence promotes secretion of the male sex hormone, testosterone.


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