Pituicyte

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Neuron: Pituicyte
NeuroLex ID sao1004082033
Code TH H3.08.02.2.00040
Latin pituicytus

A pituicyte is a glial cell of the posterior pituitary. Their main role is to assist in the storage and release of neurohypophysial hormones.[1]

They generally stain dark purple with an H&E stain, and are among the easiest structures to identify in the region (pars nervosa of the posterior pituitary).[2][3]

Function[edit]

They are similar to the astrocytes/glial cells of the CNS.

Clinical relevance[edit]

Pituicytomas are believed to be caused by a neoplasm of pituicytes.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hatton, GI (September 1988). "Pituicytes, glia and control of terminal secretion.". The Journal of experimental biology 139: 67–79. PMID 3062122. 
  2. ^ Histology at OU 38_08
  3. ^ BU Histology Learning System: 14003loa

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