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Record Information
StatusDetected and Quantified
Creation Date2005-11-16 15:48:42 UTC
Update Date2017-10-23 17:17:32 UTC
Secondary Accession Numbers
  • HMDB00268
Metabolite Identification
Common NameTetrahydrocorticosterone
DescriptionTetrahydrocorticosterone is one of the major urinary metabolites from corticosterone. Premenopausal patients with early breast cancer excrete subnormal amounts of tetrahydrocorticosterone as compared with the normal subjects of corresponding ages. (PMID 1133844 ).
SynonymsNot Available
Chemical FormulaC21H34O4
Average Molecular Weight350.4923
Monoisotopic Molecular Weight350.245709576
IUPAC NameNot Available
Traditional NameNot Available
CAS Registry Number68-42-8
SMILESNot Available
InChI Identifier
Chemical Taxonomy
ClassificationNot classified

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Physical Properties
Experimental Properties
Melting PointNot AvailableNot Available
Boiling PointNot AvailableNot Available
Water SolubilityNot AvailableNot Available
LogPNot AvailableNot Available
Predicted PropertiesNot Available
Spectrum TypeDescriptionSplash Key
Predicted GC-MSPredicted GC-MS Spectrum - GC-MS (Non-derivatized) - 70eV, Positivesplash10-029l-1869000000-147d3437cb49ea8367e5View in MoNA
Predicted GC-MSPredicted GC-MS Spectrum - GC-MS (3 TMS) - 70eV, Positivesplash10-0udi-1201290000-a7199115db1b1b1af18aView in MoNA
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 10V, Positivesplash10-0fsi-0019000000-af4f3ddd3ced5ac6a173View in MoNA
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 20V, Positivesplash10-0159-0139000000-18a0ded92a545e3c90c5View in MoNA
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 40V, Positivesplash10-0kor-3193000000-9a25977072100bec8900View in MoNA
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 10V, Negativesplash10-0002-0009000000-52ceed4bcc2f2e338ba5View in MoNA
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 20V, Negativesplash10-00ls-1029000000-8c2fa7b60265d580fd01View in MoNA
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 40V, Negativesplash10-0adl-4094000000-354b1a13a490563ea7b9View in MoNA
Biological Properties
Cellular Locations
  • Extracellular
  • Membrane
Biofluid Locations
  • Blood
  • Urine
Tissue LocationNot Available
11-beta-hydroxylase deficiency (CYP11B1)Pw000551Pw000551 greyscalePw000551 simpleNot Available
17-alpha-hydroxylase deficiency (CYP17)Pw000542Pw000542 greyscalePw000542 simpleNot Available
21-hydroxylase deficiency (CYP21)Pw000552Pw000552 greyscalePw000552 simpleNot Available
3-Beta-Hydroxysteroid Dehydrogenase DeficiencyPw000695Pw000695 greyscalePw000695 simpleNot Available
Adrenal Hyperplasia Type 3 or Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia due to 21-hydroxylase DeficiencyPw000177Pw000177 greyscalePw000177 simpleNot Available
Displaying entries 1 - 5 of 11 in total
Normal Concentrations
BloodExpected but not Quantified Not AvailableNot Available
    UrineDetected and Quantified0.0011 +/- 0.000014 umol/mmol creatinineAdult (>18 years old)FemaleNormal details
    Abnormal Concentrations
    UrineDetected and Quantified0.042 +/- 0.017 umol/mmol creatinineAdult (>18 years old)FemalePregnant with an anencephalic foetus details
    UrineDetected and Quantified0.12 +/- 0.061 umol/mmol creatinineAdult (>18 years old)FemalePregnant with a normal foetus details
    UrineDetected and Quantified0.00063 +/- 0.00054 umol/mmol creatinineAdult (>18 years old)FemaleStress urinary incontinence details
    Associated Disorders and Diseases
    Disease ReferencesNone
    Associated OMIM IDsNone
    DrugBank IDNot Available
    DrugBank Metabolite IDNot Available
    Phenol Explorer Compound IDNot Available
    Phenol Explorer Metabolite IDNot Available
    FoodDB IDFDB021923
    KNApSAcK IDNot Available
    Chemspider ID8038941
    KEGG Compound IDC05476
    BioCyc IDNot Available
    BiGG IDNot Available
    Wikipedia LinkNot Available
    METLIN ID5267
    PubChem Compound9863245
    PDB IDNot Available
    ChEBI IDNot Available
    Synthesis ReferenceHigashi, Tatsuya; Yokoi, Hiroyuki; Maekubo, Hitoe; Honda, Ayako; Shimada, Kazutake. Studies on neurosteroids. XXIII. Analysis of tetrahydrocorticosterone isomers in the brain of rats exposed to immobilization using LC-MS. Steroids (2007), 72(13), 865-874.
    Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)Not Available
    General References
    1. Lee SH, Nam SY, Chung BC: Altered profile of endogenous steroids in the urine of patients with prolactinoma. Clin Biochem. 1998 Oct;31(7):529-35. [PubMed:9812172 ]
    2. Cawood ML, Heys RF, Oakey RE: Corticosteroid production by the human foetus: evidence from analysis of urine from women pregnant with a normal or an anencephalic foetus. J Endocrinol. 1976 Jul;70(1):117-26. [PubMed:932595 ]
    3. Fuster D, Escher G, Vogt B, Ackermann D, Dick B, Frey BM, Frey FJ: Furosemide inhibits 11beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 2. Endocrinology. 1998 Sep;139(9):3849-54. [PubMed:9724039 ]
    4. Akgun S, Ertel NH, Imperato-McGinley J, Sayli BS, Shackleton C: Familial male pseudohermaphroditism due to 5-alpha-reductase deficiency in a Turkish village. Am J Med. 1986 Aug;81(2):267-74. [PubMed:3740084 ]
    5. Kodama M, Kodama T, Yoshida M, Totania R, Aoki K: Hormonal status of breast cancer. II. Abnormal urinary steroid excretion. J Natl Cancer Inst. 1975 Jun;54(6):1275-82. [PubMed:1133844 ]


    General function:
    Involved in oxidoreductase activity
    Specific function:
    Catalyzes the transformation of the potent androgen dihydrotestosterone (DHT) into the less active form, 5-alpha-androstan-3-alpha,17-beta-diol (3-alpha-diol). Also has some 20-alpha-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase activity. The biotransformation of the pesticide chlordecone (kepone) to its corresponding alcohol leads to increased biliary excretion of the pesticide and concomitant reduction of its neurotoxicity since bile is the major excretory route.
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    Tetrahydrocorticosterone + NAD → 11b,21-Dihydroxy-5b-pregnane-3,20-dione + NADH + Hydrogen Iondetails
    Tetrahydrocorticosterone + NADP → 11b,21-Dihydroxy-5b-pregnane-3,20-dione + NADPH + Hydrogen Iondetails
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    Involved in oxidoreductase activity
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    Catalyzes the conversion of cortisol to the inactive metabolite cortisone. Modulates intracellular glucocorticoid levels, thus protecting the nonselective mineralocorticoid receptor from occupation by glucocorticoids.
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    Involved in oxidoreductase activity
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    Catalyzes reversibly the conversion of cortisol to the inactive metabolite cortisone. Catalyzes reversibly the conversion of 7-ketocholesterol to 7-beta-hydroxycholesterol. In intact cells, the reaction runs only in one direction, from 7-ketocholesterol to 7-beta-hydroxycholesterol (By similarity).
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    Tetrahydrocorticosterone + NADP → 3a,21-Dihydroxy-5b-pregnane-11,20-dione + NADPH + Hydrogen Iondetails