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SPET-085 concentration-dependently inhibited 5alpha-reductase type II in vitro (IC(50)=2.88+/-0.45 microg/mL). The approved 5alpha-reductase inhibitor, finasteride, tested as positive control, led to 61% inhibition of 5alpha-reductase type II.
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The conversion of testosterone (T) to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) has been demonstrated to be catalysed by at least two isoforms of human steroid 5 alpha-reductase, designated types I and II. Type II 5 alpha-reductase expression predominates in human accessory sex tissues, localized to the fibromuscular stromal compartment. The type I isoform predominates in skin, prostatic epithelia and, to a lesser extent, in prostatic fibromuscular stroma. The significance of the type I isoform to prostatic cellular growth and function remains undefined. In cultured DU145 cells, we evaluated the metabolism of [14C]-T and demonstrated the time-dependent formation of [14C]-DHT. Oxidative metabolism (conversion of [14C]-T to [14C]-androstenedione) and the formation of conjugated androgen metabolites occurred at a relatively low rate in the DU145 cells. Using human type I 5 alpha-reductase cDNA, Northern blot analysis of DU145 cell mRNA revealed high levels of type I isoform expression. Analogous probing of the DU145 cells with a human 5 alpha-reductase II cDNA failed to reveal expression of the type II isoform. The expression of functional type I activity has been confirmed pharmacologically using isoform-selective 5 alpha-reductase inhibitors. Reductive metabolism of [3H]-T in the DU145 cells was inhibited in a concentration-dependent manner by LY306089, a potent non-steroidal type I-selective inhibitor (IC50 = 10.0 nM). SKF105657, a steroidal type II-specific inhibitor was distinctly less active at inhibiting [3H]-DHT formation. LY306089 was a non-competitive inhibitor of type I 5 alpha-reductase in DU145 cellular homogenates with an apparent Ki value of 4.0 nM. These studies have identified and pharmacologically defined type I 5 alpha-reductase activity in an androgen-insensitive prostatic cancer cell line and provide the basis for additional investigations into the significance of type I 5 alpha-reductase to human prostatic pathophysiology.
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The 5alpha-reductase inhibitor FK143 may, at specific doses, reduce the incidence of spontaneously developing prostate cancer; however, whether these findings in rats will apply to humans remains to be determined.
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Compared with men assigned to placebo, men assigned to doxazosin and combination experienced a statistically significant improvement in the BII at year 4. Men assigned to each of the drug groups also experienced a significant improvement in the I-PSS-QoL compared with those assigned to placebo. Considering longitudinal changes during 4 years, a significant improvement in BII and I-PSS-QoL scores was observed in men assigned to the drug groups compared with those assigned to placebo. However, there were no significant differences for the MOS-SF-36 subscales and summary scores when drug groups were compared with the placebo group.
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Results confirm that changing 5alpha-reductase inhibitors drugs can be associated with a clinically significant change in prostate specific antigen velocity. These prostate specific antigen velocity changes could place patients at risk for unnecessary prostate biopsy. Additional prospective studies are warranted.
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A rapid, simple and sensitive high-performance liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (LC-ESI-MS) method for the quantification of vinflunine in rat plasma was developed and validated. After making alkaline with NaOH, plasma was extracted with ethyl acetate and determined by LC-MS. The analysis was carried out on a Shimadzu VP-ODS column (150 mmx4.6 mm ID, packed with 5 microm C18 Silica RP particle). The mobile phase consisted of methanol-10 mM ammonium acetate buffer (80:20, v/v) with the flow rate of 1.0 ml/min. LC-MS was performed in the selected ion monitoring (SIM) mode using target ions at m/z: 817.3 for vinflunine and m/z: 373.2 for finasteride (IS). Chromatographic separation was achieved in less than 6 min and the calibration curve was linear over a concentration range of 0.025-6.25 microg/ml. The intra-assay and inter-assay variability values were less than 8.6%. The accuracy ranged from 91.5 to 105.6%. The established method has been successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic study of vinflunine in rats.
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5ARIs are recommended for men who have moderate-to-severe lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) and benign prostatic enlargement (BPE) secondary to benign prostatic hyperplasia. Studies have confirmed the utility of combining 5ARIs with alpha-blockers; the MTOPS study showed that risk of overall clinical progression was significantly reduced after 4.5 years with combination therapy (finasteride/doxazosin) in comparison with either monotherapy, while the ongoing CombAT trial (dutasteride/tamsulosin) has for the first time shown benefit in improving symptoms for combination therapy over monotherapies within 12 months of treatment. Data also suggest roles for 5ARIs in prostate cancer. Several studies indicate that treatment with a 5ARI improves the performance of PSA testing for identifying men with prostate cancer, while the PCPT showed a significant reduction in the risk of developing prostate cancer with finasteride. However, widespread use of finasteride in this setting has been tempered by an apparent increase in high-grade disease observed in the study. The ongoing REDUCE study will provide further insight into prostate cancer prevention with 5ARIs. 5ARI-containing regimens may have utility as less aggressive treatment options for patients who only have rising PSA after definitive local therapy, and in patients with disease resistant to androgen deprivation therapy who have PSA progression. Current evidence therefore shows that 5ARIs are effective in treating LUTS/BPE and preventing disease progression, and may also have a role in the prevention of prostate cancer. The overlap between BPE and prostate cancer may allow a more unified approach to managing these conditions, with 5ARIs having a central role.
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In this single-dose study, based on the rate and extent of absorption, the ODT (ie, test) and standard tablet (ie, reference) formulations of finasteride met the regulatory criteria for bioequivalence in these fasting healthy adult male Han Chinese volunteers. However, a significant difference was found for T(max) between the test and reference formulations. Both formulations were well tolerated. ClinicalTrials. gov identifier: 2005L02216.
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PubMed, the Cochrane Library, reference lists of reports, and reviews were searched for randomised, double-blind trials of finasteride in benign prostatic hyperplasia. Outcomes included symptom score, urinary flow rate, prostate volume, discontinuation, and adverse effects. Relative risk and NNT or NNH were calculated for dichotomous data. Sensitivity analyses assessed influences of baseline symptom severity, initial prostate volume, a dominating trial, and previous interventions.
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Medicare-aged patients treated with dutasteride incurred $51 less per month in medical costs than those treated with generic finasteride, suggesting that the higher price of dutasteride may be offset by decreased medical resource consumption.
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Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) is the standard treatment for patients with prostate-specific antigen progression after treatment for localized prostate cancer. An alternative to continuous ADT is intermittent ADT (IADT), which allows recovery of testosterone during off-cycles to stimulate regrowth and differentiation of the regressed prostate tumor. IADT offers patients a reduction in side effects associated with ADT, improved quality of life, and reduced cost with no difference in overall survival. Our previous studies showed that IADT coupled with 5α-reductase inhibitor (5ARI), which blocks testosterone conversion to DHT could prolong survival of animals bearing androgen-sensitive prostate tumors when off-cycle duration was fixed. To further investigate this clinically relevant observation, we measured the time course of testosterone-induced regrowth of regressed LuCaP35 and LNCaP xenograft tumors in the presence or absence of a 5ARI. 5α-Reductase inhibitors suppressed the initial regrowth of regressed prostate tumors. However, tumors resumed growth and were no longer responsive to 5α-reductase inhibition several days after testosterone replacement. This finding was substantiated by bromodeoxyuridine and Ki67 staining of LuCaP35 tumors, which showed inhibition of prostate tumor cell proliferation by 5ARI on day 2, but not day 14, after testosterone replacement. 5α-Reductase inhibitors also suppressed testosterone-stimulated proliferation of LNCaP cells precultured in androgen-free media, suggesting that blocking testosterone conversion to DHT can inhibit prostate tumor cell proliferation via an intracrine mechanism. These results suggest that short off-cycle coupled with 5α-reductase inhibition could maximize suppression of prostate tumor growth and, thus, improve potential survival benefit achieved in combination with IADT.
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Steroid 5alpha-reductase is a system of two isozymes (5alphaR-1 and 5alphaR-2) which catalyzes the NADPH-dependent reduction of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone in many androgen sensitive tissues and which is related to several human endocrine diseases such as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), prostatic cancer, acne, alopecia, pattern baldness in men and hirsutism in women. The discovery of new potent and selective 5alphaR inhibitors is thus of great interest for pharmaceutical treatment of these diseases. The synthesis of a novel class of inhibitors for human 5alphaR-1 and 5alphaR-2, having the 19-nor-10-azasteroid skeleton, is described. The inhibitory potency of the 19-nor-10-azasteroids was determined in homogenates of human hypertrophic prostates toward 5alphaR-2 and in DU-145 human prostatic adenocarcinoma cells toward 5alphaR-1, in comparison with finasteride (IC50 = 3 nM for 5alphaR-2 and approximately 42 nM for 5alphaR-1), a drug which is currently used for BPH treatment. The inhibition potency was dependent on the type of substituent at position 17 and on the presence and position of the unsaturation in the A and C rings. delta9(11)-19-Nor-10-azaandrost-4-ene-3,17-dione (or 10-azaestra-4,9(11)-diene-3,17-dione) (4a) and 19-nor-10-azaandrost-4-ene-3,17-dione (5) were weak inhibitors of 5alphaR-2 (IC50 = 4.6 and 4.4 microM, respectively) but more potent inhibitors of 5alphaR-1 (IC50 = 263 and 299 nM, respectively), whereas 19-nor-10-aza-5alpha-androstane-3,17-dione (7) was inactive for both the isoenzymes. The best result was achieved with the 9:1 mixture of delta9(11)- and delta8(9)-17beta-(N-tert-butylcarbamoyl)-19-nor-10-aza-4- androsten-3-one (10a,b) which was a good inhibitor of 5alphaR-1 and 5alphaR-2 (IC50 = 127 and 122 nM, respectively), with a potency very close to that of finasteride. The results of ab initio calculations suggest that the inhibition potency of 19-nor-10-azasteroids could be directly related to the nucleophilicity of the carbonyl group in the 3-position.
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The purpose of this manuscript is to provide clinicians, health plan decision makers, and policy makers with highlights of key findings pertaining to our current understanding of the condition of enlarged prostate (EP) from a managed care perspective. This includes a brief discussion regarding the prevalence and economic burden of EP, followed by a review of clinical characteristics and pathophysiology, with the final section on treatment approaches with a focus on pharmacologic options. This supplement is not intended to be a comprehensive review of EP, because many review articles on this subject are available elsewhere. This manuscript does, however, serve to introduce 3 additional manuscripts contained within this supplement. The first article provides the readers with a real-world comparison of dutasteride and finasteride relative to acute urinary retention and surgery attenuation rates. The second article investigates differences in discontinuation rates of alpha blockers when used in combination with dutasteride or finasteride. The last article addresses the cost implications associated with dutasteride and finasteride therapy. All 3 articles represent data from a naturalistic, managed care population. This supplement is intended to assist managed care formulary decision makers in evaluating key clinical and economic data which could help to differentiate dutasteride and finasteride. Although the information presented does not prove superiority of either product, it will answer some important questions and raise some important issues beyond ingredient cost.
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To evaluate combinations of anti-tumour agents in tissue cultures using three established cell lines derived from patients with prostate cancer to obtain potential candidates for therapeutic testing in patients with prostate cancer.
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