Hormonal control of cholesterol cholelithiasis in the female hamster.

Abstract

Male golden Syrian hamsters from Sasco form cholesterol gallstones when fed a lithogenic diet; in contrast, female hamsters are resistant to stones when fed the identical diet. Upon addition of the synthetic androgen, methyl-testosterone, to the diet, the incidence of cholesterol gallstones in female hamsters increased from 0% to 40% after 3 weeks and from… (More)

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