We studied the expression of ten genes (encoding the receptors for glucocorticoid, mineralocorticoid, progesterone, androgen, estrogen, thyroid, retinoid acid, vitamin D) belonging to the steroid-thyroid hormone receptor superfamily (STRS) in 12 neuroepithelial tumors, 12 meningiomas and 2 human glioblastoma cell lines. Our method, based on the polymerase chain reaction, allowed the simultaneous amplification of cDNAs of the STRS genes. On average, 7 STRS genes were simultaneously expressed in each sample. Our study indicates that many STRS gene are commonly co-expressed in human CNS tumors. The importance of our results for the ongoing and proposed hormonal treatment trials is discussed.