Beyond Reproduction: Pituitary Hormone Actions on Bone

T. Yuen, L. Sun, P. Liu, H. C. Blair, M. New, A. Zallone, M. Zaidi

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The long-held belief that pituitary hormones act solely on master targets was first questioned when we documented G protein–coupled receptors for thyroid-stimulating hormone, follicle-stimulating hormone, adrenocorticotrophic hormone, oxytocin, and vasopressin on bone cells. These evolutionarily conserved hormones and their receptors are known to have primitive roles, and exist in invertebrate species as far down as coelenterates. It is not surprising therefore that each such hormone has multiple hitherto unrecognized functions in mammalian integrative physiology, and hence, becomes a potential target for therapeutic intervention. Here we discuss the skeletal actions of pituitary hormones.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProgress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science
PublisherElsevier B.V.
Number of pages11
StatePublished - 2016

Publication series

NameProgress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science
ISSN (Print)1877-1173
ISSN (Electronic)1878-0814


  • bone
  • follitropin
  • osteoblast
  • osteoclast
  • osteoporosis
  • thyrotropin


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