16β-Hydroxyestrone

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16β-Hydroxyestrone is a metabolite of estrone, a type of estrogen hormone. It is one of the three major naturally occurring estrogens, the others being estradiol and estriol.

Overview[edit | edit source]

16β-Hydroxyestrone is produced in the body through the metabolism of estrone. It is considered a less active form of estrogen, but it still plays a significant role in the body's hormonal balance.

Biological Role[edit | edit source]

The biological role of 16β-Hydroxyestrone is not fully understood. However, it is known to have a weaker estrogenic activity compared to estrone and estradiol. It is also involved in the regulation of the menstrual cycle and the development of secondary sexual characteristics in women.

Health Implications[edit | edit source]

Research has suggested that an imbalance in the ratio of 16β-Hydroxyestrone to other estrogen metabolites may be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. However, more research is needed to fully understand this relationship.

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