Record Information
Creation Date2005-11-16 15:48:42 UTC
Update Date2013-02-09 00:07:52 UTC
Secondary Accession NumbersNone
Metabolite Identification
Common NameDehydroepiandrosterone
DescriptionDehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a natural steroid hormone produced from cholesterol by the adrenal glands. DHEA is also produced in the gonads, adipose tissue and the brain. DHEA is structurally similar to, and is a precursor of, androstenedione, testosterone, estradiol, estrone and estrogen. It is the most abundant hormone in the human body. Most of DHEA is sulfated (dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate- DEHAS) before secretion. DHEAS is the sulfated version of DHEA; - this conversion is reversibly catalyzed by sulfotransferase (SULT2A1) primarily in the adrenals, the liver, and small intestines. In blood, most DHEA is found as DHEAS with levels that are about 300 times higher than free DHEA. Blood measurements of DHEAS/DHEA are useful to detect excess adrenal activity as seen in adrenal cancer or hyperplasia, including certain forms of congenital adrenal hyperplasia. Women with polycystic ovary syndrome tend to have normal or mildly elevated levels of DHEAS.
  1. (+)-Dehydroisoandrosterone
  2. (3-beta)-3-Hydroxyandrost-5-en-17-one
  3. (3beta)-3-hydroxy-Androst-5-en-17-one
  4. (3beta,16alpha)-3,16-dihydroxy-androst-5-en-17-one
  5. 17-Chetovis
  6. 17-Hormoforin
  7. 3-beta-Hydroxy-5-androsten-17-one
  8. 3-beta-Hydroxyandrost-5-en-17-one
  9. 3b-Hydroxy-D5-androsten-17-one
  10. 3b-Hydroxyandrost-5-en-17-one
  11. 3beta-hydroxy-5-androsten-17-one
  12. 3beta-hydroxy-Androst-5-en-17-one
  13. 3beta-Hydroxy-D5-androsten-17-one
  14. 3beta-Hydroxyandrost-5-en-17-one
  15. 5,6-Dehydroisoandrosterone
  16. 5,6-Didehydroisoandrosterone
  17. 5-Androsten-3-beta-ol-17-one
  18. 5-Androsten-3b-ol-17-one
  19. 5-Androsten-3beta-ol-17-one
  20. 5-Dehydro-Epiandrosterone
  21. 5-Dehydroepiandrosterone
  22. Andrestenol
  23. Androst-5-ene-3b-ol-17-one
  24. Androst-5-ene-3beta-ol-17-one
  25. Androsten-3beta-ol-17-one
  26. Androstenolone
  27. Astenile
  28. D5-Androsten-3b-ol-17-one
  29. D5-Androsten-3beta-ol-17-one
  30. Deandros
  31. Dehydro-epi-androsterone
  32. Dehydroepiandrosterone
  33. Dehydroisoandrosterone
  34. Diandron
  35. Diandrone
  36. Hydroxyandrostenone
  37. Prasterona
  38. Prasterone
  39. Prasteronum
  40. Prestara
  41. Psicosterone
  42. trans-Dehydroandrosterone
Chemical FormulaC19H28O2
Average Molecular Weight288.4244
Monoisotopic Molecular Weight288.20893014
IUPAC Name(2R,5S,15S)-5-hydroxy-2,15-dimethyltetracyclo[^{2,7}.0^{11,15}]heptadec-7-en-14-one
Traditional IUPAC Name(2R,5S,15S)-5-hydroxy-2,15-dimethyltetracyclo[^{2,7}.0^{11,15}]heptadec-7-en-14-one
CAS Registry Number53-43-0
InChI Identifier
Chemical Taxonomy
KingdomOrganic Compounds
Super ClassLipids
ClassSteroids and Steroid Derivatives
Sub ClassAndrogens and Derivatives
Other Descriptors
  • Aliphatic Homopolycyclic Compounds
  • Hydroxysteroids
  • a 3&beta;-hydroxy-&delta;<sup>5</sup>-steroid(Cyc)
  • Bicyclohexane
  • Cyclic Alcohol
  • Cyclohexane
  • Cyclohexene
  • Ketone
  • Secondary Alcohol
  • Sesquiterpene Backbone
Direct ParentAndrogens and Derivatives
StatusDetected and Quantified
  • Endogenous
  • Food
  • Cell signaling
  • Component of Androgen and estrogen metabolism
  • Fuel and energy storage
  • Fuel or energy source
  • Membrane integrity/stability
  • Nutrients
  • Stabilizers
  • Surfactants and Emulsifiers
Cellular locations
  • Cytoplasm
  • Extracellular
  • Membrane (predicted from logP)
  • Endoplasmic reticulum
Physical Properties
Experimental Properties
Melting Point140 - 141 °CNot Available
Boiling PointNot AvailableNot Available
Water Solubility0.0635 mg/mLNot Available
LogP3.23HANSCH,C ET AL. (1995)
Predicted Properties
water solubility0.044 g/LALOGPS
pKa (strongest acidic)18.2ChemAxon
pKa (strongest basic)-1.4ChemAxon
physiological charge0ChemAxon
hydrogen acceptor count2ChemAxon
hydrogen donor count1ChemAxon
polar surface area37.3ChemAxon
rotatable bond count0ChemAxon
Biological Properties
Cellular Locations
  • Cytoplasm
  • Extracellular
  • Membrane (predicted from logP)
  • Endoplasmic reticulum
Biofluid Locations
  • Blood
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF)
  • Saliva
  • Urine
Tissue Location
  • Adipose Tissue
  • Adrenal Cortex
  • Adrenal Gland
  • Brain
  • Epidermis
  • Fibroblasts
  • Gonads
  • Kidney
  • Liver
  • Muscle
  • Neuron
  • Placenta
  • Platelet
  • Prostate
  • Testes
Androgen and Estrogen MetabolismSMP00068map00150
Normal Concentrations
BloodDetected and Quantified0.020 +/- 0.011 uMAdult (>18 years old)MaleNormal
BloodDetected and Quantified0.001 (0.00034-0.0017) uMChildren (1-13 year old)FemaleNormal
BloodDetected and Quantified0.0087 (0.0035-0.013) uMAdult (>18 years old)FemaleNormal
BloodDetected and Quantified0.023 (0.005-0.042) uMAdult (>18 years old)BothNormal
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Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF)Detected and Quantified0.00101 (0.00002-0.002) uMAdult (>18 years old)Not SpecifiedNormal
SalivaDetected and Quantified0.0033 (0.0024-0.0090) uMAdult (>18 years old)BothNormal
UrineDetected and Quantified0.10 (0.066-0.17) umol/mmol creatinineAdult (>18 years old)MaleNormal
UrineDetected and Quantified0.022 (0.017-0.041) umol/mmol creatinineAdult (>18 years old)FemaleNormal
UrineDetected and Quantified0.13 +/- 0.057 umol/mmol creatinineAdult (>18 years old)BothNormal
UrineDetected and Quantified0.0016 +/- 0.00026 umol/mmol creatinineAdult (>18 years old)BothNormal
Abnormal Concentrations
Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF)Detected and Quantified0.00114 +/- 0.000630 uMAdult (>18 years old)Not SpecifiedLeuprolide acetate-induce hypogonadism
Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF)Detected and Quantified0.00127 +/- 0.00128 uMAdult (>18 years old)Not SpecifiedLeuprolide acetate-induced hypogonadism with testosterone replacment
UrineDetected and Quantified0.00032 +/- 0.000065 umol/mmol creatinineAdult (>18 years old)BothCommentRheumatoid arthritis
UrineDetected and Quantified0.00066 +/- 0.00021 umol/mmol creatinineAdult (>18 years old)BothCommentRheumatoid arthritis
UrineDetected and Quantified0.00034 +/- 0.000078 umol/mmol creatinineAdult (>18 years old)BothCommentSystemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
UrineDetected and Quantified0.0011 +/- 0.00026 umol/mmol creatinineAdult (>18 years old)BothCommentSystemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
Associated Disorders and Diseases
Disease References
Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Straub RH, Weidler C, Demmel B, Herrmann M, Kees F, Schmidt M, Scholmerich J, Schedel J: Renal clearance and daily excretion of cortisol and adrenal androgens in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus. Ann Rheum Dis. 2004 Aug;63(8):961-8. Pubmed: 15249323
Associated OMIM IDs
DrugBank IDNot Available
DrugBank Metabolite IDNot Available
Phenol Explorer Compound IDNot Available
Phenol Explorer Metabolite IDNot Available
FoodDB IDFDB021808
KNApSAcK IDNot Available
Chemspider ID8036443
KEGG Compound IDC01227
BiGG ID37131
Wikipedia LinkDehydroepiandrosterone
NuGOwiki LinkHMDB00077
Metagene LinkHMDB00077
PubChem Compound9860744
PDB IDNot Available
ChEBI ID220467
Synthesis ReferenceNguyen Xuan Cuong; Nguyen Van Dan. Synthesis of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHA) from 16-dehydropregnenolone acetate (DPA). Tap Chi Duoc Hoc (1983), (4), 12-14.
Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)Download (PDF)
General References
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  3. Rao MS, Subbarao V, Yeldandi AV, Reddy JK: Hepatocarcinogenicity of dehydroepiandrosterone in the rat. Cancer Res. 1992 May 15;52(10):2977-9. Pubmed: 1316232
  4. Saruc M, Yuceyar H, Ayhan S, Turkel N, Tuzcuoglu I, Can M: The association of dehydroepiandrosterone, obesity, waist-hip ratio and insulin resistance with fatty liver in postmenopausal women--a hyperinsulinemic euglycemic insulin clamp study. Hepatogastroenterology. 2003 May-Jun;50(51):771-4. Pubmed: 12828082
  5. Bamberg E, Aichinger A, Mitteregger G: In vitro metabolism of dehydroepiandrosterone and testosterone by canine hair follicle cells. Vet Dermatol. 2004 Feb;15(1):19-24. Pubmed: 14989701
  6. Gordon GB, Bush TL, Helzlsouer KJ, Miller SR, Comstock GW: Relationship of serum levels of dehydroepiandrosterone and dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate to the risk of developing postmenopausal breast cancer. Cancer Res. 1990 Jul 1;50(13):3859-62. Pubmed: 2141293
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  12. Hakkinen A, Pakarinen A, Hannonen P, Kautiainen H, Nyman K, Kraemer WJ, Hakkinen K: Effects of prolonged combined strength and endurance training on physical fitness, body composition and serum hormones in women with rheumatoid arthritis and in healthy controls. Clin Exp Rheumatol. 2005 Jul-Aug;23(4):505-12. Pubmed: 16095120
  13. Shackleton C, Malunowicz E: Apparent pregnene hydroxylation deficiency (APHD): seeking the parentage of an orphan metabolome. Steroids. 2003 Oct;68(9):707-17. Pubmed: 14625002
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Phosphoadenosine phosphosulfate + Dehydroepiandrosterone unknown Adenosine 3',5'-diphosphate + Dehydroepiandrosterone sulfatedetails
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Dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate + Water unknown Dehydroepiandrosterone + Oat gumdetails
Dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate + Water unknown Dehydroepiandrosterone + Oat gumdetails
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Dehydroepiandrosterone + Oxygen + NADPH + Hydrogen Ion unknown 7a-Hydroxydehydroepiandrosterone + NADP + Waterdetails
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17a-Hydroxypregnenolone + Reduced acceptor + Oxygen unknown Dehydroepiandrosterone + Acetic acid + Acceptor + Waterdetails
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Dehydroepiandrosterone + NAD unknown Androstenedione + NADH + Hydrogen Iondetails
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Dehydroepiandrosterone + NAD unknown Androstenedione + NADH + Hydrogen Iondetails


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