• Assay Type Competitive ELISA
  • Sample Types Serum, Plasma, Urine, Saliva, Fecal Extracts, Tissue Culture Media
  • Sensitivity 90.9 pg/mL
  • Species DHEA-S is identical across species
  • Assay Duration 2.5 Hours
  • Samples/Plate 41 in Duplicate
  • Readout Colorimetric, 450 nm
  • Standard Curve
  • Description

    Dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEA-S) is the major C19 steroid secreted by the adrenal cortex, and is a precursor to testosterone and estrogen biosynthesis. It is produced by the addition of a sulfate group to dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) catalyzed by the sulfotransferase enzymes, SULT1A1 and SULT1E1, which also produce estrone sulfate from estrone. Due to the presence of a 17-ketone group rather than a hydroxyl group, DHEA-S has relatively low androgenic activity. The bioactivity of DHEA-S may be high due to its serum concentrations being 100-1,000 -fold higher than testosterone or DHEA in addition to its weak affinity for sex-hormone binding globulin.

  • Structure