Author

John C. Berg

Publication Date

1967

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Hess, Edwin A.||Garthe, William||Lynch, Darrel L.

Degree Name

M.S. (Master of Science)

Department

Department of Biology

LCSH

Sex (Biology)||Rats

Abstract

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.

Comments

Includes bibliographical references.

Extent

29 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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In Copyright

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