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    • #52522
      Avatar photoArt Liebl

      In at least 250 words talk about the pituitary gland and its importance.   Reply to two fellow students by Monday.

    • #54603
      Shivangi Patel

      the pituitary gland, also known as “the master gland,” plays a crucial role in regulating hormone production from most of the other glands in the body. This being the case, it’s essential to numerous functions as well as overall health. Sitting in the brain between its hypothalamus region and the pineal gland within the sphenoid bone (located towards the front of the skull), this gland has two lobes: an anterior and a posterior lobe.1

      Given its critical role, diseases or malformations of the pituitary gland can have serious implications. These include often asymptomatic pituitary tumors
      Anterior pituitary lobe: This front-facing portion is the largest of the pituitary gland. The anterior pituitary lobe is responsible for the synthesis of most pituitary hormones.
      Posterior pituitary lobe: The rear-facing lobe of the gland is an extension of the hypothalamus brain region that is connected to the main body
      Growth hormone. Growth hormone regulates growth and physical development. It can stimulate growth in almost all of your tissues. Its primary targets are bones and muscles.
      Thyroid-stimulating hormone. This hormone activates your thyroid to release thyroid hormones. Your thyroid gland and the hormones it produces are crucial for metabolism.
      Adrenocorticotropic hormone. This hormone stimulates your adrenal glands to produce cortisol and other hormones.
      Follicle-stimulating hormone. Follicle-stimulating hormone is involved with estrogen secretion and the growth of egg cells in women. It’s also important for sperm cell production in men.
      Luteinizing hormone. Luteinizing hormone is involved in the production of estrogen in women and testosterone in men.
      Prolactin. Prolactin helps women who are breastfeeding produce milk.

      • #54704
        Avatar photoCarolina Swanstrom

        Master gland is a perfect name for it’s crucial role in the body.

    • #54703
      Avatar photoCarolina Swanstrom

      The pituitary gland if a hormone-secreting gland that is controlled by the hypothalamus. Hypothalamus is a very important region of the brain involved in controlling many of the body’s functions like: maintaining temperature, appetite, metabolic rate and reproduction.

      It consists in two lobes, called the anterior and the posterior pituitary. The anterior pituitary is responsible for the release of a number of hormones that have widespread effect throughout the body. Including the growth hormone (is involve with growth), the follicle stimulating hormone (plays a role in development and reproduction), luteinizing hormone (essential to testosterone production and reproduction), adrenocorticotropic hormone (involved with stress and fear responses), thyroid stimulating hormone (healthy metabolism) and prolactin (promotes milk production in females).

      The hypothalamus controls the release of this hormones by sending signals in the form of releasing hormones to tell the anterior pituitary when to secrete its hormones.
      The posterior pituitary also known as neurohypophysis, is a structure located at the base of the brain that is directly connected to the hypothalamus and it also secretes two hormones. The Oxytocin (promotes uterine contraction and lactation) and vasopressin (controls urine output and regulate blood pressure). The hypothalamus synthesizes them and then are sent to the posterior pituitary for release into the bloodstream.

      • #54705

        isnt it fascinating what a small gland can control?! great job with your description Carolina

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