The effect of ketoconazole on steroidogenesis: I. Leydig cell enzyme activity in vitro

B. D. Albertson, K. L. Frederick, N. C. Maronian, P. Feuillan, S. Schorer, J. F. Dunn, D. L. Loriaux

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Abstract

The in vitro inhibition of Leydig cell microsomal steroidogenesis by ketoconazole, a potent P-450 dependent enzyme blocker, was evaluated in the human, stallion and pig. Purified Leydig cells were isolated by mechanical dispersion of teased, decapsulated whole testes and sieving through a 0.25 mm stainless steel mesh. The activity of 3β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase/isomerase (3β-HSD), 17-hydroxylase (17-OHase), 17,20-desmolase (17,20D), 17-ketosteroid reductase (17-KSR) and aromatase were measured using a constant amount (50 uM) of 14C-labelled substrates in the presence of varying concentrations of pure ketoconazole. Products were isolated by thin layer chromatography and verified by derivative formation. 17-OHase and 17,20D activities were significantly inhibited (p<.001) by ketoconazole at concentrations as low as 5 uM. 3β-HSD, 17-KSR and aromatase activities were only significantly inhibited by ketoconazole at concentrations of 500 and 5000 uM. These data describe the specific loci of inhibition of ketoconazole on testicular steroidogenesis and confirm the observations that ketoconazole is an effective inhibitor of androgen biosynthesis in several species.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-26
Number of pages10
JournalResearch Communications in Chemical Pathology and Pharmacology
Volume61
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988

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  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Toxicology
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

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Albertson, B. D., Frederick, K. L., Maronian, N. C., Feuillan, P., Schorer, S., Dunn, J. F., & Loriaux, D. L. (1988). The effect of ketoconazole on steroidogenesis: I. Leydig cell enzyme activity in vitro. Research Communications in Chemical Pathology and Pharmacology, 61(1), 17-26.