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Title: lntravesicular Fas localization in epithelial cells of castrated rat prostate glands
Issue Date: 2001
Publisher: Murcia : F. Hernández
ISSN: 0213-3911
Related subjects: CDU::6 - Ciencias aplicadas::61 - Medicina::611 - Anatomía
Keywords: Apoptosis
Abstract: Androgenic steroids regulate the development and size of mammalian prostate epithelial cells. To evaluate the relationship between Fas-Fas ligand system and apoptosis in prostate epithelial cells of the castrated rats, we have examined immunocytochemical localization of Fas antigen in the castrated rat prostate glands at a series of different times. We used a rabbit polyclonal anti-Fas antibody with a streptavidinbiotin method and confocal laser scanning method or an immunogold method. Fas immunolocalization was exarnined in ventral lobes of prostate glands taken from intact or castrated adult male Wistar rats on day 1,2,3,4 and 5 by light or electron microscopy. At a light microscopic level, the castrated prostate epithelial cells showed mostly Fas immunolocalization in their apical parts of cytoplasm on day 2 after the castration. In addition, their extent of the Fas expression was expanded throughout the cytoplasm in proportion to the androgen ablation periods, and later the Fas expression was detected at luminar or basolateral sides of the epithelial cells. Both immunogold labeling with ultrathin sections and immunoperoxidase technique with cryostat sections demonstrated that Fas was localized mainly in secretory granules of the castrated prostate epithelial cells and some parts of their cell membranes at later stages. Our immunocytochemical findings showed that Fas expression was time-dependently induced in most of the prostatic epithelial cells after castration of rats. The rate of Fas-expressing epithelial cells was too high and inconsistent with the previously reported rate of TUNEL-positive ones. The membrane-associated Fas may have little effect on the apoptosis in the present case, bacause a lot of soluble Fas was secreted from the prostatic epithelial cells. A further study is needed to clarify some significance of the secretory Fas in the prostatic epithelium after the rat castration.
Primary author: Serizawa, Y.
Ueda, H.
Baba, T.
Ueno, A.
Takeda, M.
Ohno, S.
Published in: Histology and histopathology
Document type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Number of pages / Extensions: 10
Rights: info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
Appears in Collections:Vol.16, nº 2 (2001)

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