Comparative physiology: pineal gland.

  title={Comparative physiology: pineal gland.},
  author={Russell J Reiter},
  journal={Annual review of physiology},
Literature on the endocrinologic function of the pineal gland is reviewed. The pineal gland appears to have an inhibitory effect on gonadtoropin release. It is possible, since no hypothalamic inhibiting factors have been indentified with the control of luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle stimulating hormone synthesis and release by the anterior pituitary, that the pineal gland provides the necessary inhibitory principles. The antigonadotropic activity of pineal polypeptides may be of… CONTINUE READING
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