The in vitro metabolism of testosterone was studied in four different tissues, hyperstriatum, hypothalamus, pituitary gland and crest, of male and female domestic chicks at the age of 1 and 11 days. The metabolic pathways previously observed in other species of adult birds were present. The 53-reductase activity decreased markedly in males and females between the ages of 1 and 11 days.Several sexual differences were found in testosterone metabolism by its target organs. The biological significance of these metabolic pathways and their regulation is briefly discussed.
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- Animal Science and Zoology