NCI Drug Dictionary

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The NCI Drug Dictionary contains technical definitions and synonyms for drugs/agents used to treat patients with cancer or conditions related to cancer. Each drug entry includes links to check for clinical trials listed in NCI's List of Cancer Clinical Trials.

therapeutic testosterone
A synthetic form of the endogenous androgenic steroid testosterone. In vivo, testosterone is irreversibly converted to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in target tissues by the enzyme 5-alpha reductase. Testosterone or DHT ligand-androgen receptor complexes act as transcription factor complexes, stimulating the expression of various responsive genes. DHT binds with higher affinity to androgen receptors than testosterone, activating gene expression more efficiently. In addition, testosterone is irreversibly converted to estradiol by the enzyme complex aromatase, particularly in the liver and adipose tissue. Testosterone and DHT promote the development and maintenance of male sex characteristics related to the internal and external genitalia, skeletal muscle, and hair follicles; estradiol promotes epiphyseal maturation and bone mineralization. Due to rapid metabolism by the liver, therapeutic testosterone is generally administered as an ester derivative. Check for active clinical trials using this agent. (NCI Thesaurus)
Synonyms:testosterone enanthate
trans-testosterone
US brand names:Delatestryl
Testoderm
Testolin
Testostroval
Testostroval-PA
Testro AQ
Foreign brand names:Androtardyl
Malogen
Mertestate
Reposo-TMD
Virosterone
Acronym:TESTO
Chemical structures:(17beta)-17-hydroxyandrost-4-en-3-one
delta4-androsten-17beta-ol-3-one