Sunday, April 15, 2012

Day 15 - The Pituitary Gland: Part Two

The posterior pituitary does not necessarily produce the ADH and oxytocin, the hypothalamus does this. They are produced in endocrine glands called the supraoptic nuclei and paraventricular nuclei. The axons of they hypothalamo-hypophyseal tract are what carries the information from the hormones to the posterior pituitary. They are then stored here for later use, which in turn makes the posterior pituitary more of a storage area than a type of gland.

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