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5α-androstane-3α,17β-diol is formed in tammar wallaby pouch young testes by a pathway involving 5α-pregnane-3α,17α-diol-20-one as a key intermediate

JD Wilson, RJ Auchus, MW Leihy, OL Guryev, RW Estabrook, SM Osborn, G Shaw, MB Renfree

Endocrinology | Published : 2003


The synthetic pathway by which 5α-androstane-3α,17β-diol (5α-adiol) is formed in the testes of tammar wallaby pouch young was investigated by incubating testes from d 20–40 males with various radioactive precursors and analyzing the metabolites by thin-layer chromatography and HPLC. [3H]Progesterone was converted to 17-hydroxyprogesterone, which was converted to 5α-adiol by two pathways: One involves the formation of testosterone and dihydrotestosterone as intermediates, and the other involves formation of 5α-pregnane-3α,17α-diol-20-one (5α-pdiol) and androsterone as intermediates. Formation of 5α-adiol from both [3H]testosterone and [3H]progesterone was blocked by the 5α-reductase inhibitor..

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