Hess, Edwin A.||Garthe, William||Lynch, Darrel L.
M.S. (Master of Science)
Department of Biology
An experiment was conducted to study the influence of a seminal vesiculectomy on sexual maturation in the male rat. The rate of sexual maturation was measured by the activity of the renal enzyme β glucuronidase, an indicator of the level of testosterone present in the body. Testicular weights were also used in the assessment of sexual maturation. The results indicated that sexual maturation began between the sixth and ninth week of life in the control and experimental animals. Beta glucuronidase activity indicated that sexual development continued until the fifteenth week of life whereas the testicular weights indicated that sexual maturation attained a maximal level eleven weeks after birth. The seminal vesiculeotomized animals had a much slower rate of maturation than their controls.
Berg, John C., "Certain aspects of sexual maturation in the male rat" (1967). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 1707.
Northern Illinois University
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