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Testosterone Metabolites Mediate its Efects on Myocardial Damage Induced by Ischemia/ Reperfusion in Male Wistar Rats.
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PMID:  23276633     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The role of testosterone in cardiovascular (CV) homeostasis is in controversy, and the exact effects of testosterone on the cardiovascular system remain poorly understood. Testosterone is metabolized by aromatase into 17β-estradiol and by 5α-reductase into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Thus, identification of these metabolites in the heart may help to explain the controversy regarding the cardiovascular effects of testosterone. We analyzed the expression patterns of these testosterone-metabolizing enzymes and assessed the effect of its enzymatic activity inhibition on ischemia (40 min) / reperfusion (4 hr, I/R) via the left anterior descendent coronary artery in intact and gonadectomized male rats. Myocardial damage was measured as percentage of infarcted area vs area at risk. Aromatase and 5α-reductase protein expression was found in the left ventricle of intact and orchidectomized rats. Exogenous testosterone had no effect on I/R induced myocardial damage in intact male rats, meanwhile exogenous testosterone protects againts I/R injury in orchidectomized rats. However, enzymatic inhibition of aromatase increased myocardial damage in the presence of testosterone, while enzymatic inhibition of 5α-reductase significantly decreased the level of myocardial damage. Our results also showed that sub-chronic inhibition of 5α-reductase resulted in myocardial protection in both groups. Furthermore, in orchidectomized and intact male rats IV treatment with DHT induces a significant increase in the myocardial damage induced by I/R. Thus, the effect of testosterone on cardiovascular pathophysiology could be related, at least in part to changes in the balance of testosterone 5α-reduction and aromatization.
Ivan Rubio-Gayosso; Israel Ramirez-Sanchez; Israel Ita-Islas; Pilar Ortiz-Vilchis; Gabriela Gutierrez-Salmean; Alejandra Meaney; Icela Palma-Lara; Ivonne Olivares; Ruben Garcia; Eduardo Meaney; Guillermo Ceballos
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-12-28
Journal Detail:
Title:  Steroids     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1878-5867     ISO Abbreviation:  Steroids     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
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Created Date:  2013-1-1     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0404536     Medline TA:  Steroids     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012. Published by Elsevier Inc.
Seccion de Estudios de Posgrado e Investigacion. Escuela Superior de Medicina, Instituto Politecnico Nacional. Mexico City. Mexico.
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