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Supraphysiological testosterone enanthate administration prevents bone loss and augments bone strength in gonadectomized male and female rats.

Yarrow JF, Conover CF, Purandare AV, Bhakta AM, Zheng N, Conrad B, Altman MK, Franz SE, Wronski TJ, Borst SE
Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2008 295 (5): E1213-22

PMID: 18780767 · DOI:10.1152/ajpendo.90640.2008

High-dose testosterone enanthate (TE) may prevent hypogonadism-induced osteopenia. For this study, 3-mo-old male and female Fisher SAS rats underwent sham surgery, gonadectomy (GX), or GX plus 28 days TE administration (7.0 mg/wk). GX reduced serum sex hormones (i.e., testosterone, dihydrotestosterone, and estradiol) (P < 0.05) in both sexes and bone concentrations of testosterone (males only), and estradiol (females only). GX also elevated urine deoxypyridinoline/creatinine in both sexes and serum osteocalcin (females only), findings that are consistent with high-turnover osteopenia. GX reduced cancellous bone volume (CBV) and increased osteoid surfaces in tibia of both sexes. GX males also experienced reduced trabecular number and width and increased trabecular separation, whereas GX females experienced increased osteoblast and osteoid surfaces. Bone biomechanical characteristics remained unaffected by GX, except that femoral stiffness was reduced in females. In contrast, TE administration to GX rats elevated serum and bone androgens to supraphysiological concentrations in both sexes but altered neither serum nor bone estradiol in males. Additionally, TE did not prevent GX-induced reductions in serum or bone estradiol in females. TE also reduced markers of high-turnover osteopenia in both sexes. In males, TE prevented GX-induced changes in trabecular number and separation, CBV, and osteoid surfaces while diminishing osteoblast and osteoclast surfaces; however, these changes were not fully prevented in females. In both sexes, TE increased femoral length and femoral maximal strength to above that of Sham and GX animals while preventing the loss of femoral stiffness in females. In conclusion, TE administration appears protective of cancellous bone in male rats and augments cortical bone strength in both sexes.

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Amino Acids Androgens Animals Body Weight Bone and Bones Creatinine Dihydrotestosterone Estradiol Female Femur Kidney Male Muscle, Skeletal Orchiectomy Organ Size Osteocalcin Osteoporosis Ovariectomy Rats Rats, Inbred F344 Tensile Strength Testosterone Tibia

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