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Systematic (IUPAC) name
CAS number 64-85-7
ATC code H02AA03
PubChem 6166
Chemical data
Formula C21H30O4 
Mol. mass 330.461
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Therapeutic considerations
Pregnancy cat.


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Desoxycorticosterone (11-deoxycorticosterone) is a mineralocorticoid secreted from Zona reticularis and Zona fasciculata of the adrenal gland. In the cytosol of the mitochondrion, pregnenolone is converted to either androgens or 11-deoxycorticosterone and 11-deoxycortisol by enzymes of the endoplasmic reticulum. Then, 11-deoxycorticosterone, along with 11-deoxycortisol, re-enters the mitochondrion, where the enzymes are located for tissue-specific conversion to mineralocorticoids or glucocorticoids, respectively.

Desoxycorticosterone is commonly found in two forms: the acetate salt (desoxycorticosterone acetate, or DOCA) and the pivalate salt (desoxycorticosterone pivalate). Both forms are given as intramuscular injections as replacement therapy for Addison's disease. This disease is marked by insufficient adrenal function, including low mineralocorticoid levels.

Desoxycorticosterone pivalate is sold for veterinary use by Novartis under the brand name Percoten.


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