Feedback Control of Pineal Function by Reproductive Hormones—A Neuroendocrine Paradigm

  • D. P. Cardinali
  • María Irene Vacas
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Part of the Journal of Neural Transmission book series (NEURAL SUPPL, volume 13)


Secretions from the pineal gland participate in the control of reproductive function. In turn gonadal steroids, gonadotrophins and prolactin modify pineal metabolic activity and change the rate of synthesis of pineal hormones. This article reviews the major observations made regarding the pineal gland and its innervating neurons as target tissues for reproductive steroid and hypophyseal hormones.


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  • D. P. Cardinali
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  • María Irene Vacas
    • 1
  1. 1.Centro de Estudios Farmacológicos y de Principios Naturales (CEFAPRIN)Buenos AiresArgentina

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