Seminal plasma proteins already demonstrated to reflect the testicular environment function and important regulatory mechanisms. However, it is crucial to understand which of these proteins participate in probable altered pathways in testicular germ cell tumours and after unilateral orchiectomy. In this study, we proposed to verify, by a multiplex approach, the levels of DNA damage and apoptosis pathways' proteins, in seminal plasma of men before and after unilateral orchiectomy, and also in control men. Comparing pre- and post-orchiectomy groups, just the apoptosis pathways' proteins presented different levels, in which Bad was lower and Bcl2, Akt, caspase-9, p53 and caspase-8 were higher after orchiectomy. When comparing pre- and post-orchiectomy groups with control, both presented lower levels of ChK1, Chk2, H2AX, p53 and p21, for DNA damage pathway. Regarding the apoptosis pathway, lower levels of JNK, Bcl2, Akt, caspase-9, p53 and caspase-8 and higher levels of Bad were observed before orchiectomy. The post-orchiectomy group did not differ from controls, demonstrating a probable restoration on its proteins levels. We can conclude that testicular tumours can alter both of the assessed pathways, and its removal is associated with a probable restoration of the apoptosis pathway.
Andrologia. 2020 Oct 18 [Epub ahead of print]
Larissa Berloffa Belardin, Maria Beatriz Ribeiro de Andrade, Paula Intasqui, Deborah Montagnini Spaine, Ricardo Pimenta Bertolla, Mariana Pereira Antoniassi
Department of Surgery, Division of Urology, Human Reproduction Section, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil.