Timing of prenatal androgen excess determines differential impairment in insulin secretion and action in adult female rhesus monkeys

J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2000 Mar;85(3):1206-10. doi: 10.1210/jcem.85.3.6453.


This study determined whether timing of prenatal androgen excess resulted in differential impairment of insulin-glucose homeostasis in adult female rhesus monkeys. Ten female rhesus monkeys exposed to testosterone propionate starting on gestational day 40 (early treated), 9 females exposed to testosterone propionate starting between gestational days 100-115 (late treated), and 15 control females were studied. The modified minimal model was used to examine various measures derived from an i.v. glucose tolerance test, with regression analysis performed between these variables and body mass index. In addition, the disposition index (DI) and the hyperbolic relationship between insulin sensitivity (S(I)) and acute insulin response to glucose were examined. Early treated females demonstrated impaired pancreatic beta-cell function, as shown by diminished DI and decreased percentile ranking for the hyperbolic relationship between S(I) and acute insulin response to glucose. In contrast, late treated females exhibited both an increase in DI and a negative relationship between body mass index and S(I). These results suggest that prenatal androgen excess in female rhesus monkeys, regardless of gestational timing, perturbs insulin-glucose homeodynamics, with androgen excess in early and late gestation impairing pancreatic beta-cell function and altering insulin sensitivity, respectively.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Blood Glucose / metabolism
  • Body Mass Index
  • Female
  • Gestational Age*
  • Glucose Tolerance Test
  • Insulin / blood
  • Insulin / metabolism*
  • Insulin / physiology*
  • Insulin Secretion
  • Islets of Langerhans / drug effects
  • Islets of Langerhans / physiology
  • Macaca mulatta
  • Ovulation / physiology
  • Pregnancy
  • Prenatal Exposure Delayed Effects*
  • Testosterone / pharmacology*


  • Blood Glucose
  • Insulin
  • Testosterone