Invertebrates and humans demonstrate varying steroid hormone resultsAccording to a team of French and American scientists, including Michael E. Baker, PhD, professor in UC San Diego’s Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology-Hypertension, enzymes that are considered important for protein synthesis behave in a different manner in snails, insects, corals, and octopuses when compared to humans.

The finding is expected to offer implication for studies in the future that will emphasize upon the chemical effects on response of steroids in humans.

After the findings were released, the involved researchers hypothesized that steroid-synthesizing enzymes arose in an independent manner from definite pathways that are used by worms and snails to detoxify environmental chemicals.