PMID: 37613Jun 1, 1979

Characterization of two new enzymatic activities of the rat ventral prostate: 5 alpha-androstane-3 beta, 17 beta-diol 6 alpha-hydroxylase and 5 alpha-androstane-3 beta, 17 beta-diol 7 alpha-hydroxylase

J T IsaacsD S Coffey


This study has characterized two new enzymatic hydroxylase activities specific for 5 alpha-androstane-3 beta, 17 beta-diol (3 beta-diol) in the rat ventral prostate: 5 alpha-androstane-3 beta, 17 beta-diol 6 alpha-hydroxylase (6 alpha-hydroxylase) and 5 alpha-androstane-3 beta, 17 beta-diol 7 alpha-hydroxylase (7 alpha-hydroxylase). Both of these irreversible hydroxylase activities require NADPH and are localized in the microsomal fraction of the prostate. The apparent Km for 3 beta-diol is 2.5 microM for both the 6 alpha- and 7 alpha-hydroxylase activities. The apparent Km for NADPH is 7.6 microM for the 6 alpha-hydroxylase and 7.0 microM for the 7 alpha-hydroxylase. The pH optimum for both activities is 7.4. Several steroid inhibitors of these hydroxylase activities in vitro were identified including cholesterol, progesterone, and estradiol. Estradiol was found in vitro to be a noncompetitive inhibitor (Ki = 5 microM). Injection of estradiol into intact male rats, simultaneously receiving exogenous testosterone, also produced a significant lowering of the 6 alpha-plus 7 alpha-hydroxylase activities. Both the 6 alpha- and 7 alpha-hydroxylase were found to be androgen sensitive. Following castration there is a rapid decrease in...Continue Reading


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