Periosteal cells were isolated from tibiae of adult male rats after collagenase treatment. Northern blot analysis of total cytoplasmic RNA extracted from the isolated periosteal cells was positive for expression of genes encoding the osteoblast marker proteins osteocalcin (BGP) and pre‐pro‐α2(I) chain of type 1 procollagen. The isolated periosteal cells were incubated with 1 nM [3H]testosterone ([3H]T) for up to 240 minutes and the reaction products separated by high‐performance liquid chromatography. [3H]5α‐dihydrotestosterone ([3H]DHT) was not detected in extracts of periosteal cell incubations. In contrast, [3H]DHT was produced in a time‐dependent manner by cells from seminal vesicles. These results suggest that testosterone 5α‐reductase activity is not expressed by osteoblasts in rat tibial periosteum and that the anabolic effects of androgens in this tissue are not mediated by locally produced DHT.
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- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine