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For example, breast development at puberty requires estrogen to prime the cells and then progesterone causes cell differentiation and growth. Estrogen also stimulates progesterone secretion in the ovary. Progesterone acts on the target cells to stimulate growth and it also feeds back and inhibits the secretion of estrogen. Progesterone also has a variety of influences on behavior. Near the end of pregnancy, the ovary secretes relaxin, a peptide hormone which acts to prepare the birth canal for parturition.
Certain chemicals that do not quitefitthe definition of a hormone still appear to act like hormones. g. cholecystokinin); many chemical messengers have receptors in the brain and thus influence brain function. These chemicals may be called neuroregulators, neuropeptides, or neuromodulators. The same chemicals may fall under two or more of these classifications, as the differences between neuroregulators, neuromodulators and neuropeptides are fairly vague. In fact, the terminology used to describe communication among neurons is a source of some controversy (see Dismukes (1979) and the ensuing discussion).
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An Introduction to Neuroendocrinology by Richard Brown