Jpn. J. Pharmacol. 86 (3), 323-328 (2001)

Hormonal Effects of Z-350, Possessing Steroid 5a-Reductase Inhibitory and a1-Adrenoceptor Antagonistic Actions, in the Rat

Youichi Fukuda*, Yoshihisa Fukuta, Raita Higashino, Kenji Yoshida, Masayuki Ogishima, Mineo Takei and Tadashi Kurimoto

Central Research Laboratories, Zeria Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., 2512-1 Oshikiri, Kohnan-machi, Ohsato-gun, Saitama 360-0111, Japan

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Abstract: We examined the hormonal effects of Z-350, (S)-4-[3-(4-{1-(4-methylphenyl)-3-[4-(2-methoxyphenyl)piperazine-1-yl]propoxy}benzoyl)indole-1-yl]butyric acid hydrochloride, which has both a1-adrenoceptor blocking activity and steroid 5a-reductase inhibitory activity, in male and female rats. Z-350 administered orally for 14 days at a dose of 30 mg/kg to normal male rats significantly reduced the weight of the prostate and seminal vesicles without affecting the weight of the testis, epididymis, adrenals, kidney or liver. Prostatic levels of dihydrotestosterone decreased dose-dependently, with a slight increase in the level of testosterone at a Z-350 dose of 100 mg/kg. We observed no effects on the weight of the prostate in castrated rats or on the weight of the uterus in normal or 17b-estradiol-treated female rats. These results suggest that Z-350 inhibits prostatic growth via inhibition of steroid 5-reductase without other hormonal effects.

Keywords: Z-350, Steroid 5a-reductase, Benign prostatic hyperplasia, Testosterone, Dihydrotestosterone
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