Effects of castration and androgen treatment on androgen-receptor levels in rat skeletal muscles

Jose Antonio, Jean D. Wilson, Fredrick W. George

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Abstract

The effects of castration and dihydrotestosterone (DHT) treatment on levels of skeletal muscle androgen receptor (AR) were examined in three groups of adult male rats: 1) intact normal rats, 2) rats castrated at 16 wk of age, and 3) rats castrated at 16 wk of age and given DHT for I wk starting at week 17. All animals were killed at 18 wk of age. Castration caused a decrease (P < 0.05) in the weights of the levator ani and bulbocavernosus muscles. The administration of DHT to the castrated rats increased (P < 0.05) the weights of the levator ani and bulbocavernosus muscles. Castration caused a significant downregulation of AR levels in the bulbocavernosus (P < 0.05) but had no significant effect on AR levels in the levator ani muscle. DHT administration to the castrated group upregulated AR levels in the bulbocavernosus and levator ani muscles. The plantaris muscle did not significantly (P > 0.05) change for any of the treatments. These findings suggest that the effects of castration and androgen replacement differentially affect skeletal muscle mass and AR levels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2016-2019
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of applied physiology
Volume87
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 1999

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Keywords

  • Anabolic steroid
  • Growth
  • Muscle fiber
  • Myofiber
  • Steroids

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Physiology (medical)

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