Morphofunctional Patterns of the Hypothalamic-Neurohypophyseal and Related Neuronal Systems

  • I. Assenmacher
  • G. Alonso


It was almost six decades ago that Ernst Scharrer proposed in 1928 that his pioneer description of a new class of neurons — the hypothalamic neurosecretory neurons — might also provide the basis for anterior pituitary regulation. Today, his bold concept of neurosecretion not only emerges as the universal keystone of neuroendocrine regulatory systems, but has further developed as one of the most heuristic concepts in cellular neurobiology, whether it is oriented towards neurohormonal output or interneuronal transmission.


Posterior Pituitary Supraoptic Nucleus Neurosecretory Granule Magnocellular Neuron Neurosecretory Neuron 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • I. Assenmacher
    • 1
  • G. Alonso
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Endocrinological Neurobiology, UA 1197-CNRS, Department of PhysiologyUniversity of Montpellier IIMontpellierFrance

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