Hormones, mammary growth, and lactation: a 41-year perspective.

  title={Hormones, mammary growth, and lactation: a 41-year perspective.},
  author={H. A. Tucker},
  journal={Journal of dairy science},
  volume={83 4},
When I was a beginning graduate student 41 yr ago it had been established that estrogen caused mammary duct growth; a combination of estrogen and progesterone was required for lobule-alveolar development of the mammary glands; and prolactin and growth hormone were essential for mammary growth. In laboratory species exogenous prolactin, glucocorticoids, and estrogen would initiate secretion of milk provided the mammary glands had a well-developed lobule-alveolar system. It was not known with… CONTINUE READING
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