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Hormone Geography

  • This page is purely written as a reference and lists all clinically-relevant endocrine hormones and their organ of synthesis. Although these hormones are synthesized by a single organ, many act on multiple other organs and cell types. Not all of these hormones are discussed in the Endocrinology section as some are better discussed as part of the regulation of other organ systems.
Hormone Geography
  • Hypothalamus: CRH, GHRH, GnRH, TRH, Dopamine
  • Anterior Pituitary: ACTH FSH, LH, GH, Prolactin, TSH
  • Posterior Pituitary: ADH, Oxytocin
  • Thyroid Gland: Calcitonin, Thyroid Hormones
  • Parathyroid Gland: PTH
  • Endocrine Pancreas: Glucagon, Insulin
  • Adrenal Medulla: Circulating Catecholamines (i.e. Epinephrine, Norepinephrine)
  • Kidney: Vitamin D, Renin
  • Adrenal Cortex: Aldosterone, Adrenal Androgens, Cortisol
  • Testes: Testosterone
  • Ovaries: Estrogen, Progesterone
  • Corpus Luteum: Estrogen, Progesterone
  • Placenta: HCG, Estrogen, Progesterone