Natasa J Stojkov

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The androgen-secreting Leydig cells produce cGMP, but the pathways responsible for generation and actions of this intracellular messenger have been incompletely characterized in these cells. Here, we show the presence of mRNA transcripts for the membrane-bound and soluble guanylyl cyclases (sGC), the cGMP-specific phosphodiesterase 5, and the cGMP-dependent(More)
The role of the structural complexity of the testis and the nitric oxide (NO)-cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) signalling pathway was analysed in adult male rats exposed to acute and repeated immobilization stress (IMO). In whole testis preparations, exposure to acute and repeated IMO caused an increase in NO production. In contrast, NO production was(More)
Testosterone, acting as a systemic and local factor, is one of the major regulatory molecules that initiate and maintain testicular function. In the present study, different experimental approaches were used to evaluate the role of testosterone in regulation of the nitric oxide (NO)-cGMP pathway in Leydig cells derived from normal and hypogonadotropic male(More)
Sildenafil citrate (Viagra), a cGMP-selective phosphodiesterase (PDE) inhibitor, is widely used to treat erectile dysfunction and pulmonary arterial hypertension. In contrast to its well established action on erectile dysfunction, little is known on the action of sildenafil on cGMP/cAMP signaling and testicular steroidogenesis. This study was designed to(More)
Anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) are testosterone derivatives originally designed to enhance muscular mass and used for the treatment of many clinical conditions as well as in contraception. Despite popular interest and abuse, we still lack a broad understanding of effects of AAS on synthesis of steroid hormones on the molecular level. This study was(More)
The molecular mechanism of the aging-associated dysfunction of Leydig cells (LCs) is complex and poorly understood. In this study, we analyzed the contribution of nitric oxide (NO) and cGMP signaling to the age-dependent decline in LC function. Significant (>50%) decreases in serum, intratesticular, and LC androgens in aging rats (15-24 months) were(More)
Here, we chronologically analyzed age-associated changes of cAMP- and MAPK-signaling in Leydig cells (LCs) in relation with decreased testosterone (T) production. In Wistar rats, decreased serum T observed in 12 to 24-month-old rats was not related to decreased serum LH concentration but to reduced luteinizing hormone receptor (Lhr/LHR) and time-coordinated(More)
Doxazosin (Doxa) is an α1-selective adrenergic receptor (ADR) antagonist widely used, alone or in combination, to treat high blood pressure, benign prostatic hyperplasia symptoms, and recently has been suggested as a potential drug for prostate cancer prevention/treatment. This study was designed to evaluate the effect of in vivo Doxa po-application, in(More)
INTRODUCTION Phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors have been established in therapy for a variety of physiological disorders including erectile dysfunction. Despite its popularity and wide usage in erectile dysfunction treatment, the short-term effect of PDE5 inhibition on Leydig cell functionality and testosterone dynamics is missing. AIM This study(More)
This study was designed to systematically analyze and evaluate the effects of in vivo blockade of α₁-adrenergic receptors (α₁-ADRs) on the stress-induced disturbance of steroidogenic machinery in Leydig cells. Parameters followed 1) steroidogenic enzymes/proteins, transcription factors, and cAMP/testosterone production; 2) the main hallmarks of stress(More)