Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)

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Catalog No.S2604 Synonyms: Prasterone, Dehydroisoandrosterone

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Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) Chemical Structure

CAS No. 53-43-0

Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA, Prasterone, Dehydroisoandrosterone) is an important endogenous steroid hormone, which is an androgen receptor antagonist and an estrogen receptor agonist.

Selleck's Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) has been cited by 3 publications

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Description Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA, Prasterone, Dehydroisoandrosterone) is an important endogenous steroid hormone, which is an androgen receptor antagonist and an estrogen receptor agonist.
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In vitro

Dehydroepiandrosterone (10-100 nM for 6-8 hours) protects primary hippocampal cultures from embryonic day 18 (E18) embryos against NMDA-induced toxicity (0.1, 1, 10, and 50 mM). Dehydroepiandrosterone also reduces NMDA-induced toxicity (1 mM), although the lowest effective dose of DHEAS (100 nM) is higher than that of Dehydroepiandrosterone (10 nM). Dehydroepiandrosterone (100 nM) protects cultured neurons against the neurotoxic actions of either AMPA (25 mM) or kainic acid (1 mM) as well. [1] Dehydroepiandrosterone produces much greater levels of IL 2 than normals in response to stimulation. Dehydroepiandrosterone causes an enhanced capacity to secrete IL 2 following activation. Dehydroepiandrosterone augmentes IL 2 production by activated cloned T cell line. [2] Dehydroepiandrosterone increases the length of neurites containing the axonal marker Tau-1, and the incidence of varicosities and basket-like process formations in a dose-dependent fashion in primary cultures of mouse embryonic neocortical neurons. Dehydroepiandrosterone rapidly increases free intracellular calcium via activation of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors. Dehydroepiandrosterone regulates the motility and/or growth of neocortical neurons. [3]

In vivo Dehydroepiandrosterone, which results in plasma levels that resembled those in young adult humans, protects hippocampal CA1/2 neurons against unilateral infusions of 5 or 10 nmol of NMDA. [1]


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In vitro DMSO 57 mg/mL (197.62 mM)
Water Insoluble
Ethanol '57 mg/mL
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Chemical Information

Molecular Weight 288.43


CAS No. 53-43-0
Storage powder
in solvent
Synonyms Prasterone, Dehydroisoandrosterone
Smiles CC12CCC3C(C1CCC2=O)CC=C4C3(CCC(C4)O)C

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Clinical Trial Information

NCT Number Recruitment interventions Conditions Sponsor/Collaborators Start Date Phases
NCT05033444 Not yet recruiting Drug: PRV-002|Drug: Placebo Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Odyssey Group International Inc.|Avance Clinical Pty Ltd. September 2021 Phase 1
NCT04989972 Not yet recruiting Drug: PSIL428|Dietary Supplement: Oyster mushroom Anxiety and Depression Wake Network Inc.|Professor Roger Gibson Section of Psychiatry Faculty of Medical Sciences UWI September 15 2021 Phase 2
NCT04982692 Not yet recruiting Drug: intravaginal prasterone|Drug: Placebo ovules Postmenopausal Vulvovaginal Atrophy Lee''s Pharmaceutical Limited July 31 2021 Phase 3

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