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A 2006 study determined that 1-testosterone has a high androgenic and anabolic potency even without being metabolized, so it can be characterized as a typical anabolic steroid. 1-Testosterone binds in a manner that is highly selective to the androgen receptor (AR) and has a high potency to stimulate AR-dependent transactivation . In vivo , an equimolar dose of 1-testosterone has the same potency to stimulate the growth of the prostate , the seminal vesicles and the androgen-sensitive levator ani muscle as the reference anabolic steroid testosterone propionate , but, unlike testosterone propionate, 1-testosterone also increases liver weight.