Potassium regulates plasma testosterone and renal ornithine decarboxylase in mice

FEBS Lett. 1993 Oct 25;333(1-2):32-4. doi: 10.1016/0014-5793(93)80369-6.


Potassium deficiency produced different effects in the kidney of male or female mice. While in female, potassium deficiency caused a marked renal hypertrophy with no significant changes in testosterone-regulated enzymes, such as ornithine decarboxylase and beta-glucuronidase, in the male the same treatment provoked a marked fall of these enzymes owing to a dramatic decrease in plasma testosterone. Potassium replenishment restored plasma testosterone and renal enzymatic activities. These results show for the first time, that potassium modulates circulating testosterone and suggest that this cation could exert an important regulatory role in controlling androgen actions.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Body Weight
  • Female
  • Kidney / anatomy & histology
  • Kidney / enzymology*
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Organ Size
  • Ornithine Decarboxylase / metabolism*
  • Potassium / blood
  • Potassium / physiology*
  • Potassium Deficiency / metabolism*
  • Testosterone / blood*


  • Testosterone
  • Ornithine Decarboxylase
  • Potassium