PHGY 210 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Posterior Pituitary, Anterior Pituitary, Pituitary Gland

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Phgy 210
January 7, 2015
Endocrinology Lecture 2
Feedback Control of Hormone Secretion
Hormone secretion is precisely regulated by feedback mechanisms
An excess of hormone, or excess hormonal activity, leads to a
diminution of hormone secretion
Conversely, a deficiency of hormone leads to an increase in hormone
Ca++ acts in a negative feedback loop to regulate plasma calcium
Hormonal Feedback Mechanisms
CRH: corticotropin releasing hormone
ACTH: adrenocorticotropic hormone
Cortisol (glucocorticoid)
Endocrine Glands and their Secretions
1) Anatomic location
2) Hormones secreted
3) Chemical nature of hormones
4) Effects
5) Mechanism of action
6) Control of release
7) Problems
8) Treatment
Pituitary Gland
Two distinctly different tissues
o Adenohypophysis (aka anterior pituitary, or pars
o Neurohypophysis (aka posterior pituitary, or pars
Histologically, the anterior pituitary is endocrine tissue
The posterior pituitary is neural tissue
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Phgy 210
January 7, 2015
Signalling between the hypothalamus and the
FSH: follicle stimulating hormone
LH: luteinizing hormone
IGF-1: insulin-like growth factor 1
TSH: thyroid-stimulating hormone
Dopamine is a prolactin release inhibiting
These are all produced by the anterior
Most hormones are encoded by a gene,
except for dopamine
Posterior Pituitary Gland (Neurohypophysis)
Outgrowth of hypothalamus connected by the pituitary stalk
Secretes oxytocin and vasopressin (aka antidiuretic hormone
Oxytocin and vasopressin synthesized in two hypothalamic
nuclei (supraoptic nucleus and paraventricular nucleus),
whose axons run down the pituitary stalk and terminate in
the posterior pituitary close to capillary blood vessels
Prohormones processed in secretory granules during axonal
Mature hormones liberated from the carrier molecules,
Circulating half lives: 1-3 minutes
o Parturition
Uterus extremely sensitive to oxytocin at end of
Dilation of uterine cervix by fetal head causes release of oxytocin uterine contraction,
which assists the expulsion of fetus and then placenta
o Milk ejection
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