Characteristics of flutamide action on prostatic and testicular functions in the rat

B. Marchetti, F. Labrie

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The effect of daily treatment with the pure antiandrogen Flutamide has been studied either alone or in combination with the LHRH agonist [d-Trp6, des-Gly-NH10 2]LHRH ethylamide (LHRH-A), on testicular and prostatic functions in adult male rats. Treatment for 10 days with Flutamide (5 mg/rat, twice daily) caused a marked stimulation of plasma testosterone (T) associated with a significant increase in plasma gonadotropin concentrations and inhibited plasma PRL levels. Testicular weight is not changed following antiandrogen administration but testicular LH/hCG receptor levels are markedly decreased with no change in FSH receptor levels. Moreover, Flutamide treatment alone produces an important inhibition of ventral prostate and seminal vesicle weights associated with a significant decrease in prostatic β-adrenergic receptor levels but no change is observed in specific ornithine decarboxylase (ODC) activity. Daily LHRH-A treatment at the dose of 1 μg/day for 10 days decreases plasma T to levels comparable to those found in orchiectomized men (0.30 ± 0.5 ng/ml). This effect is associated with an almost complete loss of testicular LH/hCG receptors, a decrease in testicular weight, a significant increase in plasma gonadotropins and a marked inhibition of plasma PRL concentration. A relatively smaller inhibition of ventral prostate and seminal vesicle weights follows treatment with the LHRH agonist alone, this effect being accompanied by a significant reduction in β-adrenergic receptor concentration but no change in prostatic ODC activity. Combination of the two drugs, however, caused a potent inhibitory effect on both ventral prostate and seminal vesicle weight to values similar to those found in castrated rats. The prostatic weight loss is accompanied by a marked fall in ODC activity and in the concentration of β-adrenergic receptors. The present data clearly show that combined treatment with an LHRH agonist and a pure antiandrogen is highly effective in inhibiting, not only prostatic growth, but also two androgen-sensitive parameters of prostatic activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)691-698
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Steroid Biochemistry
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Endocrinology


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