• Priscilla S. Dannies


Prolactin is a hormone secreted from the anterior pituitary gland that has been studied extensively. Early studies showed prolactin to have a variety of effects on animals, including actions on reproduction, development, and regulation of osmolarity.1 Interest in prolactin continued to grow after human prolactin was recognized as a hormone distinct from human growth hormone.2 Prolactin has served as a useful model for cell biologists and molecular biologists to study synthesis and secretion of proteins. The large number of factors that affect prolactin production has made it an important tool for investigating the mechanisms of neurotransmitter and hormone action and the regulation of hormone production. This chapter summarizes the control of prolactin production using data primarily from rat and human studies.


Pituitary Gland Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide Prolactin Level Prolactin Secretion Prolactin Release 
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  • Priscilla S. Dannies
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  1. 1.Department of PharmacologyYale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA

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