What are the Most Important Hormones of Anterior Pituitary?

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Hormones of the Anterior Pituitary

Hypothalamus produces 2 types of endocrine factors

  1. Hypothalamic neuropeptides
  2. Hypothalamic releasing factors
  • The releasing factors are neurosecretions synthesized in the hypothalamus and released through the hypothalamic pituitary portal circulation. 
  • They have their effect on the secretion of pituitary tropic hormones.
  • Secretion of hormones by Adenohypophysis (Anterior Pituitary), is under control of peptides secreted by hypothalamus. 
  • These can be stimulants or inhibitors
  • Their secretion is also under the feedback control of anterior pituitary tropic hormones – short loop feedback as well as target glands hormones (long feedback loop).

  * “A tropin or tropic hormone is the one which influences the activities of other endocrine glands”

  • Principally those involved in stress and reproduction. 
  • These are carried by the blood to other target gland. 
  • The pituitary tropins are under the positive & negative control of peptide factors from hypothalamus.
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