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16-Epiestriol is a natural steroid and an estrogen that is found in the human body. It is less potent than other forms of estrogen, such as estradiol and estrone. 16-Epiestriol is a minor estrogen and is not typically used in hormone therapy.

Structure and Function[edit | edit source]

16-Epiestriol is a hydroxylated metabolite of estradiol. It has a similar structure to other estrogens, with a three-ring core structure and a hydroxyl group at the 3-position. However, it differs from other estrogens in that it has an additional hydroxyl group at the 16-position, hence its name.

The function of 16-Epiestriol in the body is not well understood. It is known to bind to estrogen receptors, but it has a much lower affinity for these receptors than estradiol or estrone. This means that it is less potent as an estrogen. However, it is still capable of exerting some estrogenic effects in the body.

Clinical Significance[edit | edit source]

The clinical significance of 16-Epiestriol is not well established. It is not typically used in hormone therapy, as other forms of estrogen are more potent and effective. However, it may have potential uses in the treatment of certain conditions.

For example, some studies have suggested that 16-Epiestriol may have anti-inflammatory effects. This could potentially make it useful in the treatment of conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. However, more research is needed to confirm these findings and to determine the safety and efficacy of 16-Epiestriol in these contexts.

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