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Systematic (IUPAC) name
CAS number 567-03-3
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PubChem 91475
Chemical data
Formula C 21H34O3  
Mol. mass 334.493 g/mol
SMILES eMolecules & PubChem
Synonyms THDOC
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Tetrahydrodeoxycorticosterone (THDOC) is an endogenous neuroactive steroid.[1] It is synthesised in the brain from deoxycorticosterone by the action of two enzymes, 5α-reductase type I and 3α-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase.[2] THDOC has sedative, anxiolytic and anticonvulsant effects,[3] and changes in the normal levels of this steroid particularly during pregnancy and menstruation may be involved in some types of epilepsy (catamenial epilepsy),[4] as well as stress, anxiety and depression.[5][6][7][8][9]


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