The effect of combined androgen ablation on the expression of alpha 1A-adrenergic receptor in the human prostate

Elie A. Benaim, Jose A. Karam, M. Hossein Soboorian, Claus Roehrborn, John D. McConnell, Victor Lin

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BACKGROUND. This study was designed to determine whether androgen ablation (AA) affects expression of alpha1A-adrenergic receptors (AR) in the human prostate. METHODS. Concentrations of alpha1A-AR mRNA were determined in benign prostatic tissue from patients undergoing surgery after a 3-month course of combined androgen ablation (CAD) therapy with leuprolide and flutamide, and a matched group of untreated patients with clinical BPH. RESULTS. Mean concentration of alpha1A-AR in the AA group was 0.53 ± 0.53 SD (range 0.026-1.55) attomol/mg. Control mean was 0.29 ± 0.22 SD (range 0.02-0.69; P = 0.3, two tailed t-test). Tissue composition did not statistically differ between the two groups. Expression of alpha1A-AR correlated with concentration of smooth muscle myosin heavy chain (SMMHC) (r = 0.84, P = 0.001). No significant differences were observed after adjusting for SMMHC content. CONCLUSIONS. A 3-month course of CAD does not appear to have a significant effect on alpha1A-AR mRNA expression in the human prostate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)310-316
Number of pages7
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 1 2004


  • Alpha blocker therapy
  • Androgen ablation
  • BPH
  • MRNA expression
  • RT-PCR

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Urology


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