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A list of Citizendium articles, and planned articles, about Posterior pituitary.
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Parent topics

  • Neuroendocrinology [r]: The study of the interactions between the nervous system and the endocrine system. [e]
  • Circumventricular organs [r]: Specialised sites in the brain, positioned at sites around the margin of the ventricular system, which have an incomplete blood-brain barrier. [e]
  • Endocrinology [r]: Generically, the study of glands and the hormonal regulation of physiology; also the subspecialty of internal medicine concerned with diseases of the endocrine system [e]


  • Herring body [r]: Very large swellings in the axons of the neurosecretory neurons that innervate the posterior pituitary gland, that are the sites of autophagic degradation of aged neurosecretory vesicles. [e]
  • Pituicyte [r]: Astrocytic glial cells that constitute the principal cell type intrinsic to the posterior pituitary gland. [e]

Other related topics

  • Peptide hormone [r]: A class of chemical messengers, secreted into the blood from endocrine cells, that bind to specific receptors expressed on the plasma membrane of target cells. [e]
  • Vasopressin [r]: A hormone also called (arginine vasopressin, (AVP); formerly known as antidiuretic hormone, ADH), produced in the hypothalamus secreted from the posterior pituitary that causes kidneys to concentrate urine to conserve water, also causes vasoconstriction. [e]
  • Oxytocin [r]: A mammalian hormone that is secreted into the bloodstream from the posterior pituitary gland, and which is also released into the brain where it has effects on social behaviors. [e]
  • Diabetes insipidus [r]: Disease caused by a deficiency in the secretion of vasopressin, or by the failure of the kidney to respond to vasopressin. [e]
  • Geoffrey Harris [r]: (1913 - 1971) The "father" of neuroendocrinology. [e]
  • Glenn Hatton [r]: (1934-2009) neuroscientist known for his pioneering work on the interactions between neurons and glial cells. [e]
  • Hypothalamus [r]: A part of the mammalian brain located below the thalamus, forming the major portion of the ventral region of the diencephalon. [e]
  • Paraventricular nucleus [r]: Aggregation of neurons in the hypothalamus with important roles in neurendocrine regulation. [e]
  • Supraoptic nucleus [r]: An aggregation in the hypothalamus of magnocellular neurosecretory neurones that project to the posterior pituitary gland, and which secrete the hormones oxytocin and vasopressin [e]
  • Magnocellular neurosecretory cell [r]: Large neuroendocrine neuron in the supraoptic nucleus and paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus that projects to the posterior pituitary gland. [e]