Inhibins: From reproductive hormones to tumor suppressors

Kaye L. Stenvers, Jock K. Findlay

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Abstract

Inhibins are peptide hormones shown originally to be produced by the gonads to regulate the secretion of follicle stimulating hormone by pituitary gonadotropes. Although gonadotropes have been regarded as the canonical inhibin target cells, in recent years extrapituitary actions of inhibins have come into the spotlight. In particular, disruptions to the local actions of inhibins in peripheral tissues might underlie certain diseases, especially cancers of the reproductive tract. This review focuses on recent advances in the inhibin field, with a particular emphasis on the determinants of inhibin availability, mechanisms of inhibin action, and the physiological relevancy of local inhibin actions in the development and progression of reproductive cancers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)174-180
Number of pages7
JournalTrends in Endocrinology & Metabolism
Volume21
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010
Externally publishedYes

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