Edwin Lephart

Edwin Lephart

Brigham Young University, USA

Title: Estrogen/androgen receptors & sex steroid hormone actions in human skin


Edwin Lephart completed his Ph.D. from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, USA. He is Professor and Associate Chairman of the Department of Physiology and Developmental Biology and professor of Neuroscience at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah USA. He has published more than 80 papers, 10 book chapters and 120 scientific abstracts and studies health benefi ts of polyphenolic molecules in aging.


Advancements in technology and the exchange of scientific information where physicians and patients have a greater awareness of dermal biology spotlight the estrogenic and androgenic hormone actions at sex steroid receptors that play important roles in dermal health. Traditional assays or protein analysis such as cell cultures are used to investigate the infl uence of a compound on human skin. Conversely, genetic strategies (gene array/mRNA levels) to identify and quantify gene expression are relatively new. Our approach has been to utilize both scientifi c tools, to examine sex steroid compounds to determine the mechanism of action in describing their ameliorating roles and functions in human skin. Th e most important steroid receptors in skin are estrogen and androgen receptors. Estrogen receptors (ER) are expressed as subtypes, estrogen receptor alpha (ER α) and estrogen receptor beta (ER β). Th e predominant subtype of ER in skin is ER β, in keratinocytes and fi broblasts. Androgen receptors (AR) are expressed at lower levels compared to ER β in fi broblasts of the dermis. Th e ER β and androgen receptors play important roles in human skin health. In general, activation of ER β enhances, whereas, activation of androgen receptors decreases skin health. Th is presentation will provide a review of skin characteristics, skin aging mechanisms, dermal applications, steroids (estrogens and androgens), sex steroid enzymes and their receptors.

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