Spermatogonial stem cell sensitivity to capsaicin: An in vitro study

Mizrak S. C., Gadella B. M., ERDOST H., Ozer A., van Pelt A. M. M., van Dissel-Emiliani F. M. F.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY AND ENDOCRINOLOGY, vol.6, 2008 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


Background: Conflicting reports have been published on the sensitivity of spermatogenesis to capsaicin (CAP), the pungent ingredient of hot chili peppers. Here, the effect of CAP on germ cell survival was investigated by using two testis germ cell lines as a model. As CAP is a potent agonist of the transient receptor potential vanilloid receptor 1 (TRPV1) and no information was available of its expression in germ cells, we also studied the presence of TRPV1 in the cultured cells and in germ cells in situ.