RAMON ANDRADE 3DCIENCIA / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY RAMON ANDRADE 3DCIENCIA / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Minoxidil drug binding to androgen receptor. Molecular model of drug and hormone molecules binding to an androgen receptor. The drug molecule (upper right) is minoxidil (C9.H15.N5.O), an antihypertensive vasodilator medication that is also used to treat hair loss. At lower left is a molecule of the hormone dihydrotestosterone (C19.H30.O2). The receptor protein structure is represented here as ribbons and coils. The binding of hormones and drugs to the androgen receptor affects the function of the receptor, including the development of the male reproductive organs and secondary sexual characteristics.
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