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Feedback Loops and Pituitary Gland

by Thad Wilson, PhD
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    00:01 There are few types of feedback loops that we need to go through for endocrinophysiology.

    00:07 Let's talk through more of a standard negative feedback loop.

    00:11 And then we'll talk about how axis differ from these standard feedback loops.

    00:17 So often times you have an endocrine gland that's going to secret the hormone.

    00:22 And that hormone goes to a target organ binds to a receptor, causes a physiological effect.

    00:30 And then you measure the physiological effect and that is the negative feedback back to the gland.

    00:43 And you just go through this process.

    00:46 If that negative feedback isn't strong enough, you'll continue to secrete the hormone.

    00:51 If negative feedback comes back and is high enough, you'll stop hormonal secretion.

    00:56 So this is this general response.

    00:59 Axis are a little different.

    01:01 Let's go through how these work.

    01:04 In this case you have the hypothalamus releases a releasing hormone which then binds to the pituitary.

    01:12 The pituitary then releases a hormone.

    01:16 And then that hormone goes to the gland or the target gland, releases a second hormone that goes to end organs and then you have a physiological effect.

    01:30 Seems like a lot of steps, doesn' it.

    01:32 But why might this be important.

    01:35 Well, you are regulating here the hormone rather than the physiological effect.

    01:44 Let's go through the pituitary gland in the little bit more detail.

    01:48 The pituitary gland can be split into an anterior and the posterior pituitary.

    01:53 The anterior pituitary recieves input from the hypothalamus.

    01:58 These particular neurons project down from the hypothalamus.

    02:03 And go into the vasculature of the anterior pituitary.

    02:08 So there is direct signals that can be sent from the hypothalamus to the pituitary by this circulatory method.

    02:22 The posterior pituitary works in a little different format.

    02:26 Instead of using blood flow, it has direct neural projection from the hypothalamus to the posterior pituitary.

    02:35 And when it releases it's substance, it goes directly into the circulation there.

    02:42 So again, anterior pituitary, hypothalamic nerve, releasing the trophic factor which then bathes the anterior pituitary cell versus the posterior pituitary.

    02:54 We have the nerve going all the way to spot which is going to release the hormone.

    03:02 Let's talk now through what are the cells that the anterior pituitary have and what are those trophic hormones that are going to cause the anterior pituitary cells to release their substance.

    03:20 Those anterior pituitary targets for these trophic or releasing factors are either corticotropes, gonadotropes, lactotropes, somatotropes or thyrotropes.

    03:36 The important thing to think about here is, what are the cells types, what is it doing? And how it is distributed across all anterior pituitary cells.

    03:47 So somatotropes are going to be the most numerous.

    03:50 About have fo the cells are somatotropes.

    03:54 Then we have both lactotropes and corticotropes, about 15 to 20 percent.

    04:00 Finally, gonadotropes and thyrotropes one with 10 and 5 respectively.


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    The lecture Feedback Loops and Pituitary Gland by Thad Wilson, PhD is from the course Endocrine Physiology.


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    1. Somatotrope
    2. Lactotrope
    3. Gonadotrope
    4. Corticotrope

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     Thad Wilson, PhD

    Thad Wilson, PhD


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