[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: In the past decades, the therapeutic use of anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) has been overshadowed by illicit abuse of these drugs by athletes and non-athletes. Since that AAS can affect the reproductive tract, resulting in reproduction and fertilization damages, the purpose of this study was to investigate the nandrolone decanoate (ND) effects, associated or not with physical effort, on the uterine histomorphometric parameters. Female Wistar rats, sedentary or not, were exposed to treatment with ND by intraperitoneal injection (5 mg/kg/day, once a week) during four consecutive weeks. Control animals, sedentary or not, received vehicle alone (propylene glycol) in the same manner. The physical activity was forced swimming (20 min/day). During the experiment, all animals were monitored by daily vaginal smears. After 30 days of treatment, the females were sacrificed and their uteri collected and examined under light microscopy techniques. The ND-treated females showed estrus acyclicity and decreased thickness of both the epithelium and endometrial stroma. A reduction in the number and size of blood vessels was also found in ND-treated rats submitted to physical effort when compared to ND sedentary rats. ND-treated rats, regardless of exercise, exhibited stromal fibrosis and reduced gland ducts that displayed high mitotic activity. A remarkable widespread presence of leukocytes occurred in rats receiving ND and submitted to exercise. These results suggest that ND associated or not with physical effort causes histomorphometric changes to the rat uterus.
The Anatomical Record Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology 02/2011; 294(2):335-41. · 1.34 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The study was conducted to analyze the histology of the ovaries of adults rats treated with steroids, and submitted or not to physical effort. The control group consisted of females submitted to physical effort and sedentary females, both of which received a physiological solution of 0.9% saline. Treated females, sedentary or not, received 6 mg/kg of body weight of nandrolone decanoate. The steroid and physiological solution were administered intraperitoneally, with a single injection per week for 4 consecutive weeks. The applied physical effort was swimming (20 minutes daily, 5 days/week, for the 4 weeks of treatment). Serial sections (5 mum) of ovaries were prepared for histological evaluation and follicular score. The weight of ovaries and hypophysis, the number of antral and atretic follicles, and the area of corpus luteum were all affected by the steroids. In the ovaries of the control groups, well-developed corpus luteum was observed. In the treated groups, the cortical stroma was occupied by ovarian interstitial tissue. The females treated with steroids presented estral acyclicity. The use of nandrolone decanoate, whether associated with physical effort or not, affected the morphological pattern of the ovaries.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: to evaluate the effects of the administration of two synthetic steroids in the uterus morphology and in the reproductive parameters of adult female rats.
divided into four experimental groups: control (C; physiological solution); treated with nandrolone decanoate (DN; 7.5 mg/kg of body weight); with a testosterone esters compound (T; 7.5 mg/kg); and simultaneously with DN and T (7.5 mg/kg of each steroid), in a single intraperitoneal weekly dose, for eight weeks. Five females of each group were sacrificed and the uterine horns were collected, weighted and prepared for histological and morphometrical evaluation. The remaining rats were mated with normal male rats for reproductive parameters evaluation, composing the groups treated during the pre-gestational period. Another group of 20 female rats were treated during the gestational period (7th-14th days). For data analysis, the Kruskal-Wallis non-parametric variance analysis was used, followed by the test of Dunn or of Student-Newman-Keus (5% significance level).
there was a significant body weight increase in the androgenized females (ND: 305+/-50; T: 280+/-35; ND+T: 275+/-30 versus C: 255+/-22 g; p<0.05). Uterine weight was not affected by the steroidal treatment (ND: 0.6+/-0.2; T: 0.4+/-0.04; ND+T: 0.7+/-0.1 versus C: 0.4+/-0.09 g). All the androgenized females presented estral acyclicity and endometrium characterized by papilliferous luminal lining, oedematous stroma with hemorrhagic areas and secretory activity. There were changes in the morphometrical thickness parameters of the luminal epithelium, myometrium and perimetrium in the androgenized groups. None of the female rats got pregnant when treated with steroids in the pre-gestational period and the treatment during organogenesis affected negatively the reproductive parameters.
steroidal agents alter the uterine structure and impair fertility and gestational outcome in female rats.
Revista brasileira de ginecologia e obstetrićia: revista da Federação Brasileira das Sociedades de Ginecologia e Obstetrícia 09/2009; 31(9):453-60.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Liposomes represent a useful drug carrier system which is utilized in clinical studies to act as a non-toxic vehicle, reducing side effects and increasing the efficacy of antitumor agents. The aim of this study is to investigate, by means of morphometric and stereologic parameters, the effects of the cyclophosphamide, incorporated to liposomes, in testis of adult rats. As a result, the incorporation of the oncolytic agent to the liposomes showed, in the first place, increase of the testicular weight and volume, as well as an extension in diameter and area of the seminiferous tubules. For the group treated with cyclophosphamide incorporated to liposomes the differences in testicular and parechyma volumes showed non-significant with respect to the control group. Results indicate that the incorporation of the drug to the liposome reduces side effects on the male gonad. Lipossomas representam um benéfico sistema de transporte de fármacos que é utilizado em estudos clínicos para atuar como um veículo não tóxico, reduzindo os efeitos colaterais e aumentando a eficácia de agentes antitumorais. O objetivo deste estudo é investigar, por meio de parâmetros morfométricos e estereológicos, os efeitos da ciclofosfamida incorporada aos lipossomas, em testículos de ratos adultos. Como resultado, a incorporação do agente oncolítico aos lipossomas mostrou, em primeiro lugar, aumento no peso e volume testicular, assim como aumento no diâmetro e área dos túbulos seminíferos.Para o grupo tratado com ciclofosfamida incorporada aos lipossomas as diferenças nos volumes testicular e do parênquima mostraram-se não significativas em relação ao grupo controle.Os resultados indicam que a incorporação da droga ao lipossoma reduz os efeitos colaterais sobre a gônada masculina.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This study aimed to analyze the effects of nandrolone decanoate on the ovaries and uterus of adult females rats. This drug was administered intraperitoneally, at one, two and three doses of 3 mg nandrolone decanoate/kg of body weight, respectively, in the first, second and third week of treatment. The females of the control group received a physiological solution. The rats treated with nandrolone decanoate showed estral acyclicity and there was destruction of follicular units and an absence of corpus luteum in the ovaries. In the uterus, the drug promoted morphological alterations, characterized by vacuolated epithelium and endometrial stroma fibrosis. Ovary, uterus and pituitary weights were not affected by the steroid treatment. Nandrolone decanoate affects the sexual cycle and promotes histological alterations in the ovaries and uterus of adult female rats.