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Pumpkin Seed Oil and Phytosterol-F Can Block Testosterone/Prazosin-Induced Prostate Growth in Rats

Tsai Y.-S.a, b · Tong Y.-C.b · Cheng J.-T.c · Lee C.-H.d · Yang F.-S.d · Lee H.-Y.d
aInstitute of Clinical Medicine and Departments of bUrology and cPharmacology, College of Medicine, National Cheng Kung University, and dCentral R & D Institute, Uni-President Enterprises Corp., Tainan, Taiwan Urol Int 2006;77:269–274 (DOI:10.1159/000094821)


Introduction: This study was undertaken to investigate the effects of pumpkin seed oil alone or combined with Phytosterol-F on testosterone/prazosin-induced (T-P) prostate growth in rats. Materials and Methods: Forty adult Wistar rats were divided into five groups, including: one control group, rats treated with vehicle only, one group treated with T-P, and two groups of T-P-treated rats, one receiving orally pumpkin seed oil alone and one group receiving orally pumpkin seed oil combined with Phytosterol-F. Two weeks later, the prostatic weight-to-body weight ratio was determined after sacrifice. The total protein concentration was measured by using a protein assay. Some ventral prostatic tissues were histologically examined after hematoxylin-eosin staining. Results: Histological sections of the ventral prostate showed that the architecture of the prostate glands became hyperplastic in the T-P rats, but not in the control or vehicle-treated animals. As compared with the control or vehicle group, T-P rats had a significantly higher prostatic weight-to-body weight ratio for the ventral prostate (p = 0.05 and p = 0.007, respectively), but not for the dorsolateral prostate (p = 0.53 and p = 0.73, respectively). The T-P rats had significantly higher protein levels within both lobes (ventral lobe, p = 0.02 and p < 0.0001, respectively; dorsolateral lobe, p = 0.06 and p = 0.005, respectively). As compared with the T-P-alone rats, the TP rats treated with pumpkin seed oil alone or pumpkin seed oil combined with Phytosterol-F had a significantly lower weight ratio for the ventral prostate (p = 0.01 and p = 0.004, respectively) and significantly lower protein levels within both lobes (p = 0.03 and p = 0.003, respectively; p = 0.007 and p = 0.002, respectively). In addition, Phytosterol-F had some additive effect on the total protein synthesis within the ventral prostate (p = 0.02). Conclusion: Pumpkin seed oil alone or combined with Phytosterol-F can block the T-P-induced increases in prostatic weight-to-body weight ratio and protein synthesis.


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