Androgens and fetal growth

Francis De Zegher*, Inge Francois, Annemie L.M. Boehmer, Giuseppe Saggese, Jørn Müller, Olaf Hiort, Charles Sultan, Peter Clayton, Raja Brauner, Emanuele Cacciari, Lourdes Ibáñez, Guy Van Vliet, Anatoly Tiulpakov, Nurçin Saka, Martin Ritzén, Wolfgang G. Sippell

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Boys are heavier than girls at term birth. Children with a 46,XY karyotype and androgen insensitivity syndrome (clinically complete form and/or proven mutations in the androgen receptor gene) were found to have a birth weight comparable to that of girls. These findings support the hypothesis that the difference in birth weight between boys and girls is generated by androgen action.

Original languageEnglish
JournalHormone Research
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)243-244
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 10.1998

Research Areas and Centers

  • Academic Focus: Center for Brain, Behavior and Metabolism (CBBM)


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