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Module 10: Figure anterior pituitary structure

Endocrine and folliculostellate cells in the anterior pituitary.

The anterior pituitary has three main cell types: the chords of endocrine cells containing numerous dense vesicles, fenestrated endothelial cells (EC) that line the capillaries (C) and the darker folliculostellate (FS) cells (f) which surround the endocrine cells. Reproduced from Denef, C. (2008) Paracrinicity: the story of 30 years of cellular pituitary crosstalk. J. Neuroendocrinol. 20:1–70. Copyright (2008), with permission from John Wiley and Sons, Inc; see Denef 2008.