Adrenocorticotropic Hormone ACTH hormone

«Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH, also adrenocorticotropin, corticotropin) is a polypeptidetropic hormone produced by and secreted by the anterior pituitary gland.[1] It is also used as a medication and diagnostic agent.

ACTH is an important component of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and is often produced in response to biological stress (along with its precursor corticotropin-releasing hormone from the hypothalamus). Its principal effects are increased production and release of cortisol by the cortex of the adrenal gland. ACTH is also related to the circadian rhythm in many organisms.[2]

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