Isolation and Cultivation of Human Testicular Peritubular Cells: A New Model for the Investigation of Fibrotic Processes in the Human Testis and Male Infertility

  • Albrecht M
  • Rä R
  • Köhn F
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Abstract

Context: Fibrotic remodeling, especially of the tubule wall, in testes of infertile men is common, but reasons or consequences of these striking changes are not known. Based on cell culture and ex vivo studies, we previously suggested that mast cells via their products tryptase and histamine are involved in the development of fibrosis. However, studies in a relevant human testicular model are required to further test this hypothesis and the mechanisms of testicular fi-brosis in general. Objective: The objective of the study was the isolation, culture, and characterization of adult human testicular peritubular cells.

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Authors

  • Martin Albrecht

  • Romi Rä

  • Frank M Köhn

  • J Ullrich Schwarzer

  • Artur Mayerhofer

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