Effects of castration on plasminogen activator activities and plasminogen activator inhibitor type 1 in the rat ventral prostate

The Prostate
M J WilsonR D Estensen


The involution of the prostate gland after castration is an active process which requires the induction of new proteins. The plasminogen activator urokinase has been proposed to be a gene repressed by androgen which is activated upon castration and thus participating in the atrophy of the gland. However, urokinase is secreted by the ventral lobe of the rat prostate and this should be positively affected by androgens. The purpose of this study was to examine further the effects of castration upon plasminogen activator (PA) activities in the rat prostate and to determine possible explanations to this apparent dilemma. Castration of young sexually mature adult rats resulted in a substantial increase in PA activities at 4 days after castration in the ventral prostate, but then the activities returned to within the range of untreated animals with a longer duration of castration. Urokinase was the predominant molecular form of PA in the normal ventral prostate and it was the molecular form increased after castration; based upon its sensitivity to amiloride and its molecular size determined in zymograms. In contrast to the effect of castration, there was no increase in PA activities in the ventral prostate with treatment of rats with ...Continue Reading


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