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dc.contributor.authorWattana Leowattanaen_US
dc.contributor.otherMahidol Universityen_US
dc.identifier.citationClinica Chimica Acta. Vol.341, No.1-2 (2004), 1-15en_US
dc.description.abstractDehydroepiandrosterone 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.en_US
dc.rightsMahidol Universityen_US
dc.subjectBiochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biologyen_US
dc.titleDHEAS as a new diagnostic toolen_US
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