Non-Classical Androgen Actions

Grant number: 509328 | Funding period: 2008 - 2010



Androgens (male sex hormones) are important for growth-maintenance of muscle and bone. The classical action of androgens is to bind the androgen receptor (AR) and regulate target genes. They can also act via non-classical AR mechanisms through other cellular pathways. To understand the role of non-classical actions in the musculoskeletal system we will study mice in which androgens can only act via this pathway. This knowledge is important for the treatment of osteoporosis and muscle wasting.