THE HUMAN PROTEIN ATLAS BLOG

Pituitary gland links the nervous and the endocrine systems in the human body

2017-05-05
Brain Image of the week Immunohistochemistry Pituitary gland tissue Tissue Atlas

The pituitary gland plays a crucial role in human physiology, and together with the hypothalamus this highly conserved and elegant system form a link between the nervous and endocrine system, by controlling the functions of the thyroid, adrenal glands, and the gonads, and also regulating growth, lactation, and water preservation.

This gland, also called hypophysis, consists of two separate lobes with dual embryonic origin; the anterior (adeno) pituitary gland originates from the oral cavity, and the posterior (neural) pituitary gland develops from the neural plate...Read more


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