releasing factor

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re·leas·ing factor

Any of several hormones secreted by the hypothalamus that stimulate the anterior part of the pituitary gland to release certain hormones.
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releas′ing fac`tor

a substance usu. of hypothalamic origin that triggers the release of a hormone from an endocrine gland.
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Noun1.releasing factor - a substance produced by the hypothalamus that is capable of accelerating the secretion of a given hormone by the anterior pituitary gland
factor - anything that contributes causally to a result; "a number of factors determined the outcome"
GHRF, growth hormone-releasing factor - a releasing factor that accelerates the secretion of growth hormone by the anterior pituitary body
2.releasing factor - any of several hormones produced in the hypothalamus and carried by a vein to the anterior pituitary gland where they stimulate the release of anterior pituitary hormones; each of these hormones causes the anterior pituitary to secrete a specific hormone
endocrine, hormone, internal secretion - the secretion of an endocrine gland that is transmitted by the blood to the tissue on which it has a specific effect
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Familial growth hormone releasing factor deficiency in pseudopseudohypoparathyroidism.
Tache, "Peripheral corticotropin releasing factor signaling inhibits gastric emptying: mechanisms of action and role in stress-related gastric alterations of motor function," Current Pharmaceutical Design, vol.
Chandler, "Corticotropin releasing factor dose-dependently modulates excitatory synaptic transmission in the noradrenergic nucleus locus coeruleus," European Journal of Neuroscience, vol.
Funder, "Arginine vasopressin is a much more potent stimulus to ACTH release from ovine anterior pituitary cells than ovine corticotropin releasing factor. 1.
There are also reports that quercetin might have beneficial effects on corticotrophin releasing factor (CRF) induced anxiety and depression-like behaviors (Bhutada et al., 2010).
Although prolactin releasing factor has not been isolated it is known that thyrotropin releasing factor stimulates prolactin release.
Thatcher-Britton, "Stimulant and anxiogenic effects of corticotropin releasing factor.," Progress in clinical and biological research, vol.
Stress-induced activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis is seen in both diseases with the resultant release of corti-cotropin releasing factor (CRF) and dynorphin, an endogenous opioid peptide (Figure 1(a)).
It has been mentioned that negative control of dopaminergic system effects prolactin secretion, prolactin inhibiting factor (PIF) inhibits prolactin secretion, and prolactin releasing factor (PRF) and TRH stimulate prolactin hormone secretion (Utama, 2006).
The urocortins (Ucn1, Ucn2, and Ucn3), members of the corticotropin releasing factor (CRF) [4] family, have diverse bioactivities and participate in the neuroendocrine responses to stress, appetite suppression, immuno-modulation, energy and water homeostasis, and cardiovascular function (1-5).
(27.) Valdez GR, Koop GF Allostatic and dysregulation of corticotrophin releasing factor and neuropeptide Y systems: implications for the development of alcoholism.
Plasma levels of ghrelin, corticosterone releasing factor, and corticosterone were raised by RS as well as the sequential model.