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J Steroid Biochem. 1986 Nov;25(5B):765-72.

Measurement of testosterone and its 5-alfa-reduced metabolites in human prostatic tissue using isotope dilution mass spectrometry.


5 alpha-Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) has been widely measured in human prostatic tissue using RIA since it is found to be involved in pathogenesis of human prostatic hyperplasia (BHP) and to be the best index for the follow-up of patients affected by prostatic cancer under endocrine treatment. A GC/MS method for the simultaneous determination of testosterone (T), dihydrotestosterone (DHT), 5 alpha-androstan-3 alpha,17 beta-diol (3 alpha-diol) and 5 alpha-androstan-3 beta-17 beta-diol (3 beta-diol) in prostatic tissue was developed based on the isotopic dilution technique. Trideuterated internal standards of each compound were previously synthesized in our laboratory. After previous extraction and purification on Sep-Pak C-18 cartridges and Lipidex DEAP columns, T and its metabolites were measured as heptafluorobutyric esters (HFB). Quantitative analysis was performed on a VG 7070 EQ mass spectrometer equipped with a fused silica capillary column using the Selected Ion Monitoring technique. Steroid values (means +/- SD; ng/g tissue) found in 9 human hypertrophic prostates were: T, 0.71 +/- 0.43; DHT, 4.46 +/- 1.41; 3 alpha-diol, 0.34 +/- 0.23; 3 beta-diol, 0.14 +/- 0.32.

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