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  • Free fatty acid-induced alterations in the steroid-binding properties of rat androgen-binding protein.

Free fatty acid-induced alterations in the steroid-binding properties of rat androgen-binding protein.

Biochemical and biophysical research communications (1993-01-29)
F Felden, M E Martin, J L Gueant, C Benassayag, E A Nunez
ABSTRACT

The free fatty acid (FFA) concentration in the epididymal cytosol of the adult rat was found to be 20-fold higher than in the serum. The binding of [3H] dihydrotestosterone to epididymal rat androgen binding protein (rABP) was modified by physiological concentrations of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids. Polyunsaturated fatty acids inhibited the binding more efficiently than monounsaturated or saturated fatty acids. Scatchard analysis and Dixon plots indicated that the number of binding sites decreased in presence of unsaturated fatty acids with an inhibition constant (Ki) of 4 microM for arachidonic acid (C20:4) and 20 microM for oleic acid (C18:1). These results indicate that unsaturated fatty acids induce alterations in rABP steroid-binding properties that could modulate the endocrine function of rABP.

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Oleic Acid