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The hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis is a way of referring to the combined effects of the hypothalamus, pituitary gland, and gonads as if these individual endocrine glands were a single entity. Because these glands often behave in cooperation, physiologists and endocrinologists find it convenient and descriptive to speak of them as a single system.
The hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis is a critical part in the development and regulation of a number of the body's systems, such as the reproductive and immune systems.
- Hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis in abnormal testicular development
- The hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis: immune function and autoimmunity. (abstract)
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