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Metabolism of androgens in rat pituitary gland and hypothalamus: Catabolism of dihydrotestosterone or transformation of androgen signal?

  • V. G. Degtyar'
  • N. E. Kushlinskii
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Abstract

The role of androgen metabolism and individual androgen metabolites in rat pituitary gland and hypothalamus is discussed on the basis of published data and results of our experiments. It is proposed that metabolism of androgens in these structures is aimed at the formation of not only true sex steroids estradiol-17β and 5α-dihydrotestosterone, but also of androgens contributing to the regulation of cell processes,i.e. represents modification (transformation) of androgen signal (testosterone) in target pituitary and hypothalamic cells.

Key Words

rats pituitary gland androgens metabolism role of androgen metabolites 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. G. Degtyar'
    • 1
  • N. E. Kushlinskii
    • 1
  1. 1.N. N. Blokhin Russian Oncological Research CenterRussian Academy of Medical SciencesMoscow

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