Mode of Action of Steroid Hormones: A Historical Review

  • P. Karlson
Conference paper
Part of the 40. Colloquium der Gesellschaft für Biologische Chemie 6.– 8. April 1989 in Mosbach/Baden book series (MOSBACH, volume 40)


This autumn we can celebrate the 60th anniversary of the isolation of the first steroid hormone, estrone, by E.A. Doisy in the USA and — independently — A. Butenandt in Germany. Within 5 years the other sex hormones (androsterone, testosterone, progesterone) were isolated, followed by the glucocorticosteroids in 1936–39.


Historical Review Steroid Binding Protein Chironomus Tentans Control Gene Activation Estradiol Testosterone 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Karlson
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  1. 1.Institut für Molekularbiologie und TumorforschungPhilipps-UniversitätMarburgFed. Rep. of Germany

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