Sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) is thought to mainly function as a transporter and reservoir for the estradiol and testosterone sex hormones. However it has also been demonstrated that SHBG can bind to a cell surface receptor (SHBG-R). The SHBG-R has not been completely characterized. A subset of steroids are able to bind to the SHBG/SHBG-R complex resulting in an activation of adenylyl cyclase and synthesis of the cAMP second messenger.  Hence the SHBG/SHBG-R complex appears to act as a transmembrane steroid receptor that is capable of transmitting signals to the interior of cells.
Der Ausstoß der Steroidhormone wird von den Hormonen der Hypophyse kontrolliert, welche wiederum von Neuronen des Hypothalamus gesteuert wird (Hypothalamo-Hypophysiärer Regelkreis). Dabei gibt es sogenannte negative Rückkopplungsmechanismen, d. h. wenn von der Körperperipherie, z. B. der Nebennierenrinde, zu viel produziert wird, registriert dies Hypothalamus und Hypophyse, diese schütten weniger trophische Hormone vom Glycoprotein und Peptidtyp aus (z. B. ACTH), wodurch das periphere Organ dann auch weniger synthetisiert.
Not shortly after Roger Maris record was broken, another baseball player, Jason Giambi and various other athletes were either suspected of, or proven to have, taken anabolic steroids. Again, Congress convened a hearing, and just as they did the first time in 1990, they did not determine that steroids were a danger, but rather that the danger was more in protecting professional sports organizations. The updated statute has been updated to proscribe pro-hormones also The definition of an anabolic steroid as defined currently in the United States under (41)(A) is that "anabolic steroid" means any drug or hormonal substance, chemically and pharmacologically related to testosterone (other than estrogens , progestins, corticosteroids, and dehydroepiandrosterone (7).