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Article title: Sex steroids skew ACE2 expression in human airway: a contributing factor to sex differences in COVID-19?

Authors: Rama Satyanarayana Raju Kalidhindi, Niyati A. Borkar, Nilesh Sudhakar Ambhore, Christina M. Pabelick, Y. S. Prakash, Venkatachalem Sathish

From the authors: “Female patients show downregulated baseline ACE2 expression compared with males, which may reflect elevated circulating [estrogen] concentrations in females. Perhaps more interestingly, [testosterone] significantly upregulated ACE2 expression in human [airway smooth muscle] cells.”

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