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Event: 446

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Reduction, fetal/adult testosterone

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Reduction of testosterone
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Process Object Action
testosterone decreased

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AOPs Including This Key Event

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Adverse Outcome Pathways diagram related to PBDEs associated male reproductive toxicity KeyEvent Cataia Ives (send email) Under development: Not open for comment. Do not cite

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Term Scientific Term Evidence Link
human Homo sapiens High NCBI
rat Rattus norvegicus High NCBI
mouse Mus musculus High NCBI

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Key Event Description

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Biological state

Testosterone (T) is a steroid hormone from the androgen group. T serves as a substrate for two metabolic pathways that produce antagonistic sex steroids.

Biological compartments

Testosterone is synthesized by the gonads and other steroidogenic tissues (e.g., brain, adipose), acts locally and/or is transported to other tissues via blood circulation. Leydig cells are the testosterone-producing cells of the testis.

General role in biology

Androgens, the main male sex steroids, are the critical factors responsible for the development of the male phenotype during embryogenesis and for the achievement of sexual maturation at puberty. In adulthood, androgens remain essential for the maintenance of male reproductive function and behaviour. Apart from their effects on reproduction, androgens affect a wide variety of non-reproductive tissues such as skin, bone, muscle, and brain (Heemers, Verhoeven, & Swinnen, 2006). Androgens, principally T and 5α-dihydrotestosterone (DHT), exert most of their effects by interacting with a specific receptor, the androgen receptor (AR), for review see (Murashima, Kishigami, Thomson, & Yamada, 2015). On the one hand, testosterone can be reduced by 5α-reductase to produce 5α dihydrotestosterone (DHT). On the other hand, testosterone can be aromatized to generate estrogens. Testosterone effects can also be classified by the age of usual occurrence, postnatal effects in both males and females are mostly dependent on the levels and duration of circulating free testosterone.

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Testosterone can be measured by immunoassays and by isotope-dilution gas chromatography-mass spectrometry in serum (Taieb et al., 2003), (Paduch et al., 2014). Testosterone levels are measured i.a. in: Fish Lifecycle Toxicity Test (FLCTT) (US EPA OPPTS 850.1500), Male pubertal assay (PP Male Assay) (US EPA OPPTS 890.1500), OECD TG 441: Hershberger Bioassay in Rats (H Assay).

Domain of Applicability

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Key enzymes needed for testosterone production first appear in the common ancestor of amphioxus and vertebrates (Baker 2011). Consequently, this key event is applicable to most vertebrates, including humans.


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Heemers, H. V, Verhoeven, G., & Swinnen, J. V. (2006). Androgen activation of the sterol regulatory element-binding protein pathway: Current insights. Molecular Endocrinology (Baltimore, Md.), 20(10), 2265–77. doi:10.1210/me.2005-0479

Murashima, A., Kishigami, S., Thomson, A., & Yamada, G. (2015). Androgens and mammalian male reproductive tract development. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, 1849(2), 163–170. doi:10.1016/j.bbagrm.2014.05.020

Paduch, D. A., Brannigan, R. E., Fuchs, E. F., Kim, E. D., Marmar, J. L., & Sandlow, J. I. (2014). The laboratory diagnosis of testosterone deficiency. Urology, 83(5), 980–8. doi:10.1016/j.urology.2013.12.024

Taieb, J., Mathian, B., Millot, F., Patricot, M.-C., Mathieu, E., Queyrel, N., … Boudou, P. (2003). Testosterone measured by 10 immunoassays and by isotope-dilution gas chromatography-mass spectrometry in sera from 116 men, women, and children. Clinical Chemistry, 49(8), 1381–95.