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  • Licorice compound interferes with sex hormones in mouse ovary, study finds

    The licorice compound isoliquiritigenin (also known as “iso”) interferes with several steps (orange arrows) in the chemical pathway that leads to the production of steroid sex hormones.

    The licorice compound isoliquiritigenin (also known as “iso”) interferes with several steps (orange arrows) in the chemical pathway that leads to the production of steroid sex hormones, a new study finds. The research was done in mouse reproductive tissues.

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  • Editor’s notes:

    To reach Jodi Flaws, call 217-333-7933; email jflaws@illinois.edu.
    To reach William Helferich, call 217-244-5414; email helferic@illinois.edu
    To reach Sharada Mahalingam, email mahalin2@illinois.edu.  

    The paper “Effects of isoliquiritigenin on ovarian antral follicle growth and steroidogenesis” is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau.

    DOI: 10.1016/j.reprotox.2016.10.004