How do androgens affect various tissues and systems?

Updated: Mar 14, 2018
  • Author: Mohamed Yahya Abdel-Rahman, MD, MSc; Chief Editor: Richard Scott Lucidi, MD, FACOG  more...
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Androgens have direct effects on different body systems and also act as precursor hormones for ovarian and extragonadal estrogen synthesis. Androgen receptors are present in a variety of tissues like skeletal muscles, skin, gastrointestinal tract, genitourinary tract, bone, brain, cardiovascular system, placenta, and adipose tissues. Androgen actions are not completely understood in all of these tissues. [4, 5]


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