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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.
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Any of the many cells found in connective tissue of the ovary, in the seminiferous tubules of the testes, and in the medulla and cortex of the kidney. The cells in the testes and ovaries produce hormones such as testosterone and estrogen.
See also: cell
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