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Title: DHEAS as a new diagnostic tool
Authors: Wattana Leowattana
Mahidol University
Keywords: Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology;Medicine
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2004
Citation: Clinica Chimica Acta. Vol.341, No.1-2 (2004), 1-15
Abstract: Dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS) is a 19-carbon steroid, situated along the steroid metabolic pathway. It is the most abundant circulating steroid hormone in the body and can be converted to either androgens or estrogens. Their physiological and pathological functions have not yet been fully identified. Serum DHEAS concentrations peak at around age 25 years and then decline steadily over the following decades. Due to its long half-life and high concentration in the blood, the levels of DHEAS remain the same 24 h a day. This makes DHEAS a very interesting new diagnostic tool for both scientific research and clinical diagnostics. Moreover, circulating concentrations of DHEAS can be changed by many factors, such as endogenous production, hormone supplementation, many kinds of drugs, and many types of disease states. As research moves forward to better understand the relationships of DHEAS with health and disease, it is essential that studies should be designed to control for the influence of many factors on serum DHEAS concentrations. © 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
ISSN: 00098981
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2001-2005

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