Leydig cell(redirected from Cells of Leydig)
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Leydig cellThe testosterone-secreting cell of the testis which is located in clusters in the interstitium between the seminiferous tubules. Leydig cells are large and have centrally located nuclei, eosinophilic cytoplasm and numerous lipid-filled cytoplasmic vacuoles.
Male sexual differentiation, pubertal androgenisation, support for fertility.
Secrete testosterone, androstenedione and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) in response to central (pituitary) stimulation by luteinising hormone, which activates cholesterol desmolase.
[Franz von Leydig, Ger. anatomist, 1821–1908]
One of the interstitial cells in the testes that produce testosterone.