The excretion of corticosterone metabolites in bile from male and female rats 21 to 56 days of age was studied. No sexual differences were observed in rats 21 and 28 days of age; in these animals 3β,11β,21 trihydroxy 5α pregnan 20 one disulfate was the major corticosteroid but significant amounts of monosulfurylated 3α,11β,21 trihydroxy 5α pregnan 20 one and 3α,11β,15α,21 tetrahydroxy 5α pregnan 20 one were also excreted. From 35 days of age, sexual differences became successively more apparent in the biliary steroid excretion patterns and at 56 days of age female rats had developed a characteristic pattern of mono- and disulfurylated 3α,11β,15α,21 tetrahydroxy 5α pregnan 20 one whereas the male biliary steroid pattern was characterized by the complete absence of 15 hydroxylated corticosteroids, by relatively large amounts of 3β,11β,21 trihydroxy 5α pregnan 20 one disulfate and by the sex specific metabolite 5α pregnane 3β,11β,20β,21 tetrol disulfate. It is concluded that the 'programming' or 'imprinting' of hepatic corticosteroid metabolism that occurs in neonatal male rats and results in the absence of 15 hydroxy corticosterone metabolites and the presence of 5α pregnane 3β,11β,20β,21 tetrol in bile of adult male rats is not expressed until after puberty.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||European Journal of Biochemistry|
|State||Published - May 1974|
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