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StatusDetected and Quantified
Creation Date2005-11-16 15:48:42 UTC
Update Date2017-12-07 01:21:49 UTC
Secondary Accession Numbers
  • HMDB01032
Metabolite Identification
Common NameDehydroepiandrosterone sulfate
DescriptionDehydroepiandrosterone sulfate or DHEAS is the sulfated form of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). This sulfation is reversibly catalyzed by sulfotransferase 2A1 (SULT2A1) primarily in the adrenals, the liver, and small intestine. In the blood, most DHEA is found as DHEAS with levels that are about 300 times higher than those of free DHEA. Orally-ingested DHEA is converted to its sulfate when passing through intestines and liver. Whereas DHEA levels naturally reach their peak in the early morning hours, DHEAS levels show no diurnal variation. From a practical point of view, measurement of DHEAS is preferable to DHEA, as levels are more stable. DHEA (from which DHEAS comes from) is a natural steroid prohormone produced from cholesterol by the adrenal glands, the gonads, adipose tissue, brain and in the skin (by an autocrine mechanism). DHEA is the precursor of androstenedione, which can undergo further conversion to produce the androgen testosterone and the estrogens estrone and estradiol. DHEA is also a potent sigma-1 agonist. DHEAS can serve as a precursor for testosterone; androstenedione; estradiol; and estrone
17-Ketoandrost-5-en-3beta-yl sulfateChEBI
17-Oxoandrost-5-en-3beta-yl hydrogen sulphateChEBI
3beta-Hydroxyandrost-5-en-17-one 3-sulfateChEBI
Androst-5-en-17-on-3beta-yl sulfuric acidChEBI
Dehydroepiandrosterone 3-sulfateChEBI
Dehydroepiandrosterone monosulfateChEBI
Dehydroepiandrosterone sulphateChEBI
Dehydroisoandrosterone sulfateChEBI
DHEA sulfateChEBI
Prasterone sulfateChEBI
Dehydroepiandrosterone sulfuric acidGenerator
Dehydroepiandrosterone sulphuric acidGenerator
17-Ketoandrost-5-en-3b-yl sulfateGenerator
17-Ketoandrost-5-en-3b-yl sulfuric acidGenerator
17-Ketoandrost-5-en-3b-yl sulphateGenerator
17-Ketoandrost-5-en-3b-yl sulphuric acidGenerator
17-Ketoandrost-5-en-3beta-yl sulfuric acidGenerator
17-Ketoandrost-5-en-3beta-yl sulphateGenerator
17-Ketoandrost-5-en-3beta-yl sulphuric acidGenerator
17-Ketoandrost-5-en-3β-yl sulfateGenerator
17-Ketoandrost-5-en-3β-yl sulfuric acidGenerator
17-Ketoandrost-5-en-3β-yl sulphateGenerator
17-Ketoandrost-5-en-3β-yl sulphuric acidGenerator
17-Oxoandrost-5-en-3b-yl hydrogen sulfateGenerator
17-Oxoandrost-5-en-3b-yl hydrogen sulfuric acidGenerator
17-Oxoandrost-5-en-3b-yl hydrogen sulphateGenerator
17-Oxoandrost-5-en-3b-yl hydrogen sulphuric acidGenerator
17-Oxoandrost-5-en-3beta-yl hydrogen sulfateGenerator
17-Oxoandrost-5-en-3beta-yl hydrogen sulfuric acidGenerator
17-Oxoandrost-5-en-3beta-yl hydrogen sulphuric acidGenerator
17-Oxoandrost-5-en-3β-yl hydrogen sulfateGenerator
17-Oxoandrost-5-en-3β-yl hydrogen sulfuric acidGenerator
17-Oxoandrost-5-en-3β-yl hydrogen sulphateGenerator
17-Oxoandrost-5-en-3β-yl hydrogen sulphuric acidGenerator
3b-Hydroxyandrost-5-en-17-one 3-sulfateGenerator
3b-Hydroxyandrost-5-en-17-one 3-sulfuric acidGenerator
3b-Hydroxyandrost-5-en-17-one 3-sulphateGenerator
3b-Hydroxyandrost-5-en-17-one 3-sulphuric acidGenerator
3beta-Hydroxyandrost-5-en-17-one 3-sulfuric acidGenerator
3beta-Hydroxyandrost-5-en-17-one 3-sulphateGenerator
3beta-Hydroxyandrost-5-en-17-one 3-sulphuric acidGenerator
3β-hydroxyandrost-5-en-17-one 3-sulfateGenerator
3β-hydroxyandrost-5-en-17-one 3-sulfuric acidGenerator
3β-hydroxyandrost-5-en-17-one 3-sulphateGenerator
3β-hydroxyandrost-5-en-17-one 3-sulphuric acidGenerator
Androst-5-en-17-on-3b-yl sulfateGenerator
Androst-5-en-17-on-3b-yl sulfuric acidGenerator
Androst-5-en-17-on-3b-yl sulphateGenerator
Androst-5-en-17-on-3b-yl sulphuric acidGenerator
Androst-5-en-17-on-3beta-yl sulfateGenerator
Androst-5-en-17-on-3beta-yl sulphateGenerator
Androst-5-en-17-on-3beta-yl sulphuric acidGenerator
Androst-5-en-17-on-3β-yl sulfateGenerator
Androst-5-en-17-on-3β-yl sulfuric acidGenerator
Androst-5-en-17-on-3β-yl sulphateGenerator
Androst-5-en-17-on-3β-yl sulphuric acidGenerator
Dehydroepiandrosterone 3-sulfuric acidGenerator
Dehydroepiandrosterone 3-sulphateGenerator
Dehydroepiandrosterone 3-sulphuric acidGenerator
Dehydroepiandrosterone monosulfuric acidGenerator
Dehydroepiandrosterone monosulphateGenerator
Dehydroepiandrosterone monosulphuric acidGenerator
Dehydroisoandrosterone sulfuric acidGenerator
Dehydroisoandrosterone sulphateGenerator
Dehydroisoandrosterone sulphuric acidGenerator
Dehydroisoandrosterone-3-sulfuric acidGenerator
Dehydroisoandrosterone-3-sulphuric acidGenerator
DHEA sulfuric acidGenerator
DHEA sulphateGenerator
DHEA sulphuric acidGenerator
Prasterone sulfuric acidGenerator
Prasterone sulphateGenerator
Prasterone sulphuric acidGenerator
17-Oxoandrost-5-en-3-yl hydrogen sulfateHMDB
17-Oxoandrost-5-en-3-yl hydrogen sulphateHMDB
3-b-Hydroxyandrost-5-en-17-one 3-sulfateHMDB
3-b-Hydroxyandrost-5-en-17-one 3-sulphateHMDB
3-beta-Hydroxyandrost-5-en-17-one 3-sulfateHMDB
3-beta-Hydroxyandrost-5-en-17-one 3-sulphateHMDB
3b-Hydroxy-androst-5-en-17-one hydrogen sulfateHMDB
3b-Hydroxy-androst-5-en-17-one hydrogen sulphateHMDB
3beta-Hydroxy-androst-5-en-17-one hydrogen sulfateHMDB
3beta-Hydroxy-androst-5-en-17-one hydrogen sulphateHMDB
Formylisoglutamic acidHMDB
DHA sulfateMeSH
Sulfate, dehydroisoandrosteroneMeSH
Sulfate, prasteroneMeSH
Sulfate, dheaMeSH
Sulfate, dehydroepiandrosteroneMeSH
Sulfate, dhaMeSH
Chemical FormulaC19H28O5S
Average Molecular Weight368.488
Monoisotopic Molecular Weight368.165744696
IUPAC Name[(1S,2R,5S,10R,11S,15S)-2,15-dimethyl-14-oxotetracyclo[²,⁷.0¹¹,¹⁵]heptadec-7-en-5-yl]oxidanesulfonic acid
Traditional Namedehydroepiandrosterone sulfate
CAS Registry Number651-48-9
InChI Identifier
Chemical Taxonomy
DescriptionThis compound belongs to the class of organic compounds known as sulfated steroids. These are sterol lipids containing a sulfate group attached to the steroid skeleton.
KingdomOrganic compounds
Super ClassLipids and lipid-like molecules
ClassSteroids and steroid derivatives
Sub ClassSulfated steroids
Direct ParentSulfated steroids
Alternative Parents
  • Sulfated steroid skeleton
  • Androstane-skeleton
  • 17-oxosteroid
  • Oxosteroid
  • Delta-5-steroid
  • Sulfuric acid ester
  • Alkyl sulfate
  • Sulfuric acid monoester
  • Sulfate-ester
  • Organic sulfuric acid or derivatives
  • Ketone
  • Hydrocarbon derivative
  • Organooxygen compound
  • Organic oxygen compound
  • Carbonyl group
  • Organic oxide
  • Aliphatic homopolycyclic compound
Molecular FrameworkAliphatic homopolycyclic compounds
External Descriptors
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Physical Properties
Experimental Properties
Melting PointNot AvailableNot Available
Boiling PointNot AvailableNot Available
Water SolubilityNot AvailableNot Available
LogPNot AvailableNot Available
Predicted Properties
Water Solubility0.0081 g/LALOGPS
pKa (Strongest Acidic)-1.4ChemAxon
pKa (Strongest Basic)-7.5ChemAxon
Physiological Charge-1ChemAxon
Hydrogen Acceptor Count4ChemAxon
Hydrogen Donor Count1ChemAxon
Polar Surface Area80.67 ŲChemAxon
Rotatable Bond Count2ChemAxon
Refractivity94.65 m³·mol⁻¹ChemAxon
Polarizability39.86 ųChemAxon
Number of Rings4ChemAxon
Rule of FiveYesChemAxon
Ghose FilterYesChemAxon
Veber's RuleYesChemAxon
MDDR-like RuleYesChemAxon
Spectrum TypeDescriptionSplash Key
Predicted GC-MSPredicted GC-MS Spectrum - GC-MS (Non-derivatized) - 70eV, Positivesplash10-002f-0097000000-e6d4f60e9803940d2f55View in MoNA
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 10V, Positivesplash10-014i-0049000000-f9a938b029283c157bdfView in MoNA
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 20V, Positivesplash10-00di-0091000000-c2b83d86ae8174524e1dView in MoNA
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 40V, Positivesplash10-0udi-5792000000-20638b1484fe342eb3c9View in MoNA
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 10V, Negativesplash10-014i-0029000000-79344bc1ba3ea2c26db7View in MoNA
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 20V, Negativesplash10-00kr-1092000000-3b129a6c30b2629e1661View in MoNA
Predicted LC-MS/MSPredicted LC-MS/MS Spectrum - 40V, Negativesplash10-008i-6090000000-35cc2726715438281170View in MoNA
Biological Properties
Cellular Locations
  • Cytoplasm
  • Extracellular
  • Membrane
Biofluid Locations
  • Blood
  • Feces
  • Urine
Tissue Location
  • Kidney
  • Liver
  • Prostate
17-Beta Hydroxysteroid Dehydrogenase III DeficiencyPw000059Pw000059 greyscalePw000059 simpleNot Available
Androgen and Estrogen MetabolismPw000045Pw000045 greyscalePw000045 simpleMap00150
Aromatase deficiencyPw000541Pw000541 greyscalePw000541 simpleNot Available
Normal Concentrations
BloodDetected and Quantified3.47 +/- 1.20 uMAdult (>18 years old)FemaleNormal details
BloodDetected and Quantified30.123-42.61 uMInfant (0 - <2 months old)Both
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BloodDetected and Quantified0.81-16.28 uMInfant (2 - <6 months old)Both
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BloodDetected and Quantified0.27-4.89 uMInfant (6 months - <1 year old)Both
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BloodDetected and Quantified0-3.26 uMChildren (1 - <6 years old)Both
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BloodDetected and Quantified0.27-4.34 uMChildren (6 - <9 years old)Both
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BloodDetected and Quantified0.81-7.60 uMChildren (9 - <13 years old)Both
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BloodDetected and Quantified1.63-13.03 uMAdolescent (13 - <16 years old)Both
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BloodDetected and Quantified4.07-16.01 uMAdolescent (16 - <19 years old)Female
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BloodDetected and Quantified3.53-16.01 uMAdolescent (16 - <19 years old)Male
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BloodDetected but not Quantified Adult (>18 years old)Female
BloodDetected and Quantified4.5 (1.4-8.2) uMAdult (>18 years old)FemaleNormal details
BloodDetected and Quantified0.950 - 1.167 uMAdult (>18 years old)BothNormal details
UrineDetected and Quantified1.25 (0.0026-2.52) umol/mmol creatinineAdult (>18 years old)BothNormal details
UrineDetected and Quantified1.34 +/- 0.23 umol/mmol creatinineAdult (>18 years old)BothNormal details
Abnormal Concentrations
BloodDetected and Quantified3.63 +/- 2.14 uMAdult (>18 years old)FemalePolycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) details
BloodDetected but not Quantified Adult (>18 years old)Both
Lung cancer
BloodDetected but not Quantified Adult (>18 years old)Female
BloodDetected and Quantified6.54 +/- 2.55 uMAdult (>18 years old)FemaleAlzheimer's disease details
BloodDetected and Quantified9.8 +/- 1.3 uMAdult (>18 years old)FemaleHirsutism details
FecesDetected but not Quantified Adult (>18 years old)BothColorectal Cancer details
UrineDetected but not Quantified Adult (>18 years old)FemaleEpithelial ovarian cancer details
UrineDetected and Quantified0.28 +/- 0.082 umol/mmol creatinineAdult (>18 years old)Both
Rheumatoid arthritis
UrineDetected and Quantified0.84 +/- 0.51 umol/mmol creatinineAdult (>18 years old)Both
Rheumatoid arthritis
UrineDetected and Quantified0.43 +/- 0.10 umol/mmol creatinineAdult (>18 years old)Both
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
UrineDetected and Quantified1.56 +/- 0.041 umol/mmol creatinineAdult (>18 years old)Both
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
Associated Disorders and Diseases
Disease References
  1. Bicikova M, Hill M, Ripova D, Mohr P, Hampl R: Determination of steroid metabolome as a possible tool for laboratory diagnosis of schizophrenia. J Steroid Biochem Mol Biol. 2013 Jan;133:77-83. doi: 10.1016/j.jsbmb.2012.08.009. Epub 2012 Aug 24. [PubMed:22944140 ]
Polycystic ovary syndrome
  1. Yildiz BO, Woods KS, Stanczyk F, Bartolucci A, Azziz R: Stability of adrenocortical steroidogenesis over time in healthy women and women with polycystic ovary syndrome. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2004 Nov;89(11):5558-62. [PubMed:15531511 ]
Rheumatoid arthritis
  1. 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 IDDBMET00518
Phenol Explorer Compound IDNot Available
Phenol Explorer Metabolite IDNot Available
FoodDB IDFDB022381
KNApSAcK IDNot Available
Chemspider ID12074
KEGG Compound IDC04555
BiGG ID44038
Wikipedia LinkDehydroepiandrosterone sulfate
PubChem Compound12594
PDB IDNot Available
ChEBI ID16814
Synthesis ReferenceNot Available
Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)Not Available
General References
  1. Chang HJ, Shi R, Rehse P, Lin SX: Identifying androsterone (ADT) as a cognate substrate for human dehydroepiandrosterone sulfotransferase (DHEA-ST) important for steroid homeostasis: structure of the enzyme-ADT complex. J Biol Chem. 2004 Jan 23;279(4):2689-96. Epub 2003 Oct 21. [PubMed:14573603 ]
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General function:
Involved in sulfotransferase activity
Specific function:
Sulfotransferase that utilizes 3'-phospho-5'-adenylyl sulfate (PAPS) as sulfonate donor to catalyze the sulfate conjugation of many hormones, neurotransmitters, drugs and xenobiotic compounds. Sulfonation increases the water solubility of most compounds, and therefore their renal excretion, but it can also result in bioactivation to form active metabolites. Sulfates hydroxysteroids like DHEA. Isoform 1 preferentially sulfonates cholesterol, and isoform 2 avidly sulfonates pregnenolone but not cholesterol.
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Phosphoadenosine phosphosulfate + Dehydroepiandrosterone → Adenosine 3',5'-diphosphate + Dehydroepiandrosterone sulfatedetails
General function:
Involved in catalytic activity
Specific function:
Conversion of sulfated steroid precursors to estrogens during pregnancy.
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Dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate + Water → Dehydroepiandrosterone + Oat gumdetails
Dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate + Water → Dehydroepiandrosterone + Oat gumdetails