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Hormone Summary Table Notes

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Site of production


Major actions



Elicit milk let down. Increase uterine contractions.

Anti-diuretic hormone (ADH)

Reabsorption of water in kidneys.

Hypothalamic hormones.

Secretion of anterior pituitary hormones.

Stimulatory: TRH, GnRH, GHRH, CRH and PRL-RH. Inhibitory: somatostatin, GnIH and dopamine. Anterior pituitary

Growth hormone (GH)

Growth via IGF-1 secretion.

Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH)

Secretion of thyroid hormones.

Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH)

Secretion of glucocorticoids and androgens.

Prolactin (PRL)

Production of milk

Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH)

Production and maturation of spermatozoa and oocytes.

Luteinising hormone (LH)

Secretion of sex hormones. Ovulation.

Posterior pituitary


Elicit milk let down. Increase uterine contractions.

ADH Pineal gland

Reabsorption of water in kidneys.



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