DHEA and estradiol levels in brain, gonads, adrenal glands, and plasma of developing male and female European starlings

@article{Shah2011DHEAAE,
  title={DHEA and estradiol levels in brain, gonads, adrenal glands, and plasma of developing male and female European starlings},
  author={Amit H. Shah and Eunice H. Chin and Kim L. Schmidt and Kiran K. Soma},
  journal={Journal of Comparative Physiology A},
  year={2011},
  volume={197},
  pages={949-958}
}
Traditionally, sexual differentiation of the brain was thought to be driven by gonadal hormones, particularly testosterone (T). However, recent studies in songbirds suggest that other steroids may also be important. For example, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) can be synthesized by the gonads, adrenal glands, and/or brain and locally metabolized into T and 17β-estradiol (E2). Here, we examined DHEA and E2 levels in the brain, peripheral tissues, and plasma of wild European starlings (Sturnus… CONTINUE READING
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