Friday, January 11, 2008

Androstenetriol versus Infectious Microbes

This study reveals that the cytokine and lymphocyte boosting hormone, androstenetriol, protects hosts from lethal infection.

Our findings show that β androstenes and analogs protect the host from lethal infection by DNA or RNA viruses such as, herpesvirus type 2, coxsackievirus B4, influenza, and arthropod borne viruses. These androstenes also protected the host from lethal bacterial infections by Enterococcus faecalis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Klebsiella pneumonia and from parasites infections, i.e. Cryptosporidium parvum, and malaria.

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