Production of sex steroid hormones from DHEA in articular chondrocyte of rats.


Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), a precursor of sex steroid hormones, is synthesized by cholesterol side-chain cleavage cytochrome P-450 and 17alpha-hydroxylase cytochrome P-450 mainly from cholesterol and converted to testosterone and estrogen by 3beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase (3beta-HSD), 17beta-HSD, and aromatase cytochrome P-450. Although sex steroid… (More)


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