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Keywords:

  • androgenic blockade;
  • nonsteroid hormones in prostate;
  • cell counting;
  • neuroendocrine cells

Abstract

This work deals with the quantification of serotonin-immunoreactive prostate neuroendocrine cells (NECs) in rats exposed to prolactin in normal, cyproterone acetate-exposed, and bromocriptine-exposed animals to establish the possible influence of prolactin with or without androgenic blockade on this cell population. Thirty male peripubertal Sprague-Dawley rats were grouped as controls (CT) and those treated with cyproterone acetate (CA), cyproterone acetate plus prolactin, cyproterone acetate plus bromocriptine, prolactin (PL), and bromocriptine (BC). The volume of ductal epithelium (Vep) and total number (NSER) of the NECs serotonin-immunoreactive were measured. NECs were detected in the periurethral ducts. Compared to CT, Vep was increased in PL and BC and NSER was decreased in CA and increased in the prolactin or bromocriptine groups. The androgenic blockade decreases NSER in rat prostate; PL induces in normal and cyproterone acetate-treated rats the increase of NSER; and BC exerts a local effect over the prostate similar to that described for PL. Anat Rec, 2007. © 2007 Wiley-Liss, Inc.