Inhibition of dermal activity by cortisol in culture was partially reversed by two naturally occurring androgens, testosterone and dihydrotestosterone. ACTH and the androgen precursor dehydroepiandrosterone sulphate showed not such antagonistic effect. These results suggest that increased production of adrenal androgens during ACTH therapy may account for the relative absnece of 'skin-thinning' and 'steroid-bruising' which are common side-effects of corticosteroid therapy.
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