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Vol 53, No 3 (2015)
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Submitted: 2015-05-05
Accepted: 2015-09-10
Published online: 2015-09-15
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Androgen levels and apoptosis in the testis during postnatal development of finasteride-treated male rat offspring

Agnieszka Kolasa-Wolosiuk, Kamila Misiakiewicz-Has, Irena Baranowska-Bosiacka, Izabela Gutowska, Barbara Wiszniewska
DOI: 10.5603/fhc.a2015.0025
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Pubmed: 26377331
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Folia Histochem Cytobiol 2015;53(3):236-248.

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Vol 53, No 3 (2015)
ORIGINAL PAPERS
Submitted: 2015-05-05
Accepted: 2015-09-10
Published online: 2015-09-15

Abstract

Introduction. The hormone-dependent events that occur throughout the first wave of spermatogenesis, such as the establishment of the number of Sertoli cells (SCs) and spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs) within the seminiferous cords and the setting up of the blood-testis barrier, are important for adult male fertility. Any changes in the T/DHT ratio can result in male subfertility or even infertility. In this study we aimed to evaluate effects of paternal exposure to 5-alpha reductase type 2 inhibitor, finasteride on litter size, androgen levels and germ cell apoptosis in male offspring during postnatal development.

Material and methods. The subjects of the study were 7, 14, 21/22, 28, and 90-day-old Wistar male rats (F1:Fin) born from females fertilized by finasteride-treated rats. Offspring born from untreated parental animals were used as a control group (F1:Control). Animals and the collected testes were weighed, blood and intratesticular levels of T and DHT were measured by ELISA, and the apoptotic index of testicular cells was evaluated by TUNEL technique.

Results. We observed difficulties in obtaining male newborns from female rats fertilized by finasteride-treated male rats. In the F1:Fin rats, changes in the body and testes weights occurred, and a lower number of apoptotic cells was found during postnatal maturation of the seminiferous epithelium. Changes in androgen concentrations during the first spermatogenesis wave and adult life were also evident.

Conclusion. Finasteride treatment of male adult rats may not only cause a decrease in the fertility of parental rats, but also could lead to incorrect, androgen-sensitive course of spermatogenesis in their offspring.

Abstract

Introduction. The hormone-dependent events that occur throughout the first wave of spermatogenesis, such as the establishment of the number of Sertoli cells (SCs) and spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs) within the seminiferous cords and the setting up of the blood-testis barrier, are important for adult male fertility. Any changes in the T/DHT ratio can result in male subfertility or even infertility. In this study we aimed to evaluate effects of paternal exposure to 5-alpha reductase type 2 inhibitor, finasteride on litter size, androgen levels and germ cell apoptosis in male offspring during postnatal development.

Material and methods. The subjects of the study were 7, 14, 21/22, 28, and 90-day-old Wistar male rats (F1:Fin) born from females fertilized by finasteride-treated rats. Offspring born from untreated parental animals were used as a control group (F1:Control). Animals and the collected testes were weighed, blood and intratesticular levels of T and DHT were measured by ELISA, and the apoptotic index of testicular cells was evaluated by TUNEL technique.

Results. We observed difficulties in obtaining male newborns from female rats fertilized by finasteride-treated male rats. In the F1:Fin rats, changes in the body and testes weights occurred, and a lower number of apoptotic cells was found during postnatal maturation of the seminiferous epithelium. Changes in androgen concentrations during the first spermatogenesis wave and adult life were also evident.

Conclusion. Finasteride treatment of male adult rats may not only cause a decrease in the fertility of parental rats, but also could lead to incorrect, androgen-sensitive course of spermatogenesis in their offspring.

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Keywords

male rats; finasteride treatment; offspring androgen levels; germ-cell apoptosis; TUNEL

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Title

Androgen levels and apoptosis in the testis during postnatal development of finasteride-treated male rat offspring

Journal

Folia Histochemica et Cytobiologica

Issue

Vol 53, No 3 (2015)

Article type

Original paper

Pages

236-248

Published online

2015-09-15

DOI

10.5603/fhc.a2015.0025

Pubmed

26377331

Bibliographic record

Folia Histochem Cytobiol 2015;53(3):236-248.

Keywords

male rats
finasteride treatment
offspring androgen levels
germ-cell apoptosis
TUNEL

Authors

Agnieszka Kolasa-Wolosiuk
Kamila Misiakiewicz-Has
Irena Baranowska-Bosiacka
Izabela Gutowska
Barbara Wiszniewska

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