Neurotransmitters and Control of Pituitary Function

  • Claude Kordon
  • Micheline Hery
  • Alain Enjalbert
Part of the Current topics in Molecular Endocrinology book series (CTME, volume 3)


In recent years, interaction of neurotransmitters with the release of neurohormones controlling anterior pituitary secretion has mainly been studied by histophysiological and pharmacological tools. The first approach led to the observation that neurotransmitter content of discrete aminergic tracts, particularly dopaminergic tubero-infundibular neurons, correlates with changes in neuroendocrine activity (Fuxe and Hokfelt, 1967; Luchtensteiger, 1969). Pharmacological studies then confirmed that experimental modulation of dopamine (DA) and also of noradrenalin (NA), serotonin (5-HT) and acetylcholine can affect pituitary hormone output (see reviews in Wurtman, 1971; Kordon and Glowinsky, 1972; Sawyer, 1975).


Estrous Cycle Pituitary Function Plasma Prolactin Prolactin Release Serotoninergic Neuron 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claude Kordon
    • 1
  • Micheline Hery
    • 1
  • Alain Enjalbert
    • 1
  1. 1.Unité de NeurobiologieI.N.S.E.R.M.ParisFrance

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