Structure and function of the anterior pituitary and dispersed pituitary cells. In vitro studies

M. G. Farquhar, E. H. Skutelsky, C. R. Hopkins

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Abstract

This review gives a summary of what has been established to date on the structure and function of pituitary cells. There are five secretory cell types somatotrophs, mammotrophs or prolactin cells, gonadotrophs, thyrotrophs, and corticotrophs plus several nonsecretory cell types such as follicular cells and vascular and connective tissue elements (endothelial and adventitial cells, respectively). There is now general agreement on the fine structural characteristics of all of these cells types. The main problem (pertaining to the identification of cell types) that needs to be resolved is whether or not the two gonadotropins are produced by a sinlge cell type (as suggested by the available immunocytochemical data) or by separate cell types.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-135
Number of pages53
JournalULTRASTRUCT.BIOL.SYST.
VolumeVol. 7
DOIs
StatePublished - 1975
Externally publishedYes

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