Androgen receptor in the human thymus

Immunology Letters
A B McCruden, W H Stimson


An androgen binding species has been identified in partially purified cytosol from human thymic tissue, resolved from sex steroid binding globulin by gel chromatography. This putative 5 alpha-dihydrotestosterone receptor was characterised by high affinity (Kd 6.7 X 10(-10) M) and low capacity (9 fmol/mg of cytosol protein). High affinity binding was confirmed with methyltrienolone (R1881). Competition studies were carried out with a number of androgenic compounds and 5 alpha-19 nordihydrotestosterone was shown to possess the highest affinity for the androgen receptor.


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