The effects induced by oral administration of 0, 5 and 20 mg of meparticin kg-1 of body weight for 28 days (group 1, 2 and 3, respectively) upon prostatic estrogen, androgen, α1- and β-adrenergic receptor concentrations and on estradiol and testosterone serum levels in adult male rats were studied. The effects produced by mepartricin treatments on the weight and dimension of the gland were investigated. Both mepartricin dosages induced significant decreases (P< 0.05) of the absolute and relative weights and of the dimensions of the prostate. A significant dose-dependent decrease (P<0.05) in estradiol serum levels was observed in treated rats, whereas no significant modifications were found in testosterone serum levels. As far as prostatic steroid receptor concentrations were concerned, a significant (P<0.05) decrease in estrogen receptor number was observed in both treated groups, whilst a significant increase (P<0.05) of androgen receptor concentrations was recorded only in rats treated with 20 mg mepartricin kg-1. Conversely, a dose-dependent up-regulation of both prostatic α1- and β-AR was found. Data obtained suggest that the prostatic α1-AR expression may be strongly influenced by estrogen deprivation (mepartricin treatment), therefore the combination of estrogen suppression (mepartricin) and adrenergic suppression (α1-AR blockers) may be suggested as a possible pharmacotherapeutic strategy for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia.
|Titolo:||Effects of mepartricin on estradiol and testosterone serum levels and on prostatic estrogen, androgen and adrenergic receptor concentrations in adult rats|
|Parole Chiave:||Mepartricin; Prostate; Rat; Receptors; Steroids|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore VET/02 - Fisiologia Veterinaria|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2001|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1006/phrs.2001.0846|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|