Thyrotropic cell

Thyrotropic cell
Code TH H3.

Anatomical terminology

Thyrotropes (also called thyrotrophs) are endocrine cells in the anterior pituitary which produce thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) in response to thyrotropin releasing hormone (TRH). Thyrotropes consist around 5% of the anterior Pituitary lobe cells.

Thyrotropes appear basophilic in histological preparations.

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