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List of human hormones

The following is a list of hormones found in Homo sapiens. Spelling is not uniform for many hormones. For example, current North America and international usage is estrogen, gonadotropin, while British usage retains the Greek diphthong in oestrogen and favors the earlier spelling gonadotrophin (from trophē ‘nourishment, sustenance’ rather than tropē ‘turning, change’).

Amino acid

Name Abbreviation Tissue Cells Receptor Target Tissue Effect
Melatonin MT pineal gland melatonin receptor CNS and peripheral tissue circadian rhythm
Triiodothyronine T3 peripheral tissue thyroid hormone receptor nearly every cell in the body increased metabolism
Thyroxine T4 thyroid gland thyroid hormone receptor similar effect as T3 but much weaker


Name Abbreviation Tissue Cells Receptor Target Tissue Effect
Prostaglandins PG seminal vesicle prostaglandin receptor vasodilation, bronchoconstriction,platelet aggregation
Leukotrienes LT white blood cells G protein-coupled receptors increase vascular permeability
Prostacyclin PGI2 endothelium prostacyclin receptor
Thromboxane TXA2 platelets thromboxane receptor bronchoconstriction, vasoconstriction


Name Abbreviation Tissue Cells Receptor Target Tissue Effect
Amylin (or Islet Amyloid Polypeptide) IAPP pancreas pancreatic β-cells amylin receptor slowing down gastric emptying, inhibition of digestive secretion, and reducing food intake
Anti-Müllerian hormone (or Müllerian inhibiting factor or hormone) AMH testes Sertoli cell AMHR2 Inhibit release of prolactin and TRH from anterior pituitary
Adiponectin Acrp30 adipose tissue adiponectin receptors
Adrenocorticotropic hormone (or corticotropin) ACTH anterior pituitary corticotrope ACTH receptor → cAMP synthesis of corticosteroids (glucocorticoids and androgens) in adrenocortical cells
Angiotensinogen and angiotensin AGT liver angiotensin receptor → IP3 vasoconstriction release of aldosterone from adrenal cortex dipsogen.
Antidiuretic hormone (or vasopressin, arginine vasopressin) ADH posterior pituitary Parvocellular neurosecretory neurons in hypothalamus
Magnocellular neurosecretory cells in posterior pituitary
AVPRs, VACM-1 retention of water in kidneys
moderate vasoconstriction
Release ACTH in anterior pituitary
Atrial-natriuretic peptide (or atriopeptin) ANP heart ANP receptorcGMP
Brain natriuretic peptide BNP heart Cardiac myocytes NPR (To a minor degree than ANP) reduce blood pressure by: reducing systemic vascular resistance, reducing blood water, sodium and fats
Calcitonin CT Para-thyroid gland parafollicular cell CT receptor → cAMP Construct bone, reduce blood Ca2+
Cholecystokinin CCK duodenum CCK receptor Release of digestive enzymes from pancreas
Release of bile from gallbladder
Hunger suppressant
Corticotropin-releasing hormone CRH hypothalamus CRF1 → cAMP Release ACTH from anterior pituitary
Cortistatin CORT cerebral cortex inhibitory neurons Somatostatin receptor depression of neuronal activity; induction of slow-wave sleep; reduction of locomotor activity; activation of cation selective currents not responsive to somatostatin
Enkephalin Kidney Chromaffin cells Opioid receptor Regulate pain
Endothelin Vascular Endothelium Endothelial Cells ET receptor Smooth muscle contraction of medium sized vessels
Erythropoietin EPO kidney Extraglomerular mesangial cells EpoR Stimulate erythrocyte production
Follicle-stimulating hormone FSH anterior pituitary gonadotrope FSH receptor → cAMP In female: stimulates maturation of Graafian follicles in ovary. In male: spermatogenesis, enhances production of androgen-binding protein by the Sertoli cells of the testes
Galanin GAL central nervous system and gastrointestinal tract GALR1, GALR2, and GALR3 modulation and inhibition of action potentials in neurons
Gastric inhibitory polypeptide GIP mucosa of the duodenum and the jejunum K cell GIPR Induces insulin secretion
Gastrin GRP stomach, duodenum G cell CCK2 Secretion of gastric acid by parietal cells
Ghrelin stomach P/D1 cell ghrelin receptor Stimulate appetite, secretion of growth hormone from anterior pituitary gland
Glucagon GCG pancreas alpha cells Glucagon receptor → cAMP glycogenolysis and gluconeogenesis in liver increases blood glucose level
Glucagon-like peptide-1 GLP1 iIeum L cells GLP1R, GLP2R pancreatic beta cells Stimulates the adenylyl cyclase pathway, resulting in increased synthesis and release of insulin
Gonadotropin-releasing hormone GnRH hypothalamus GnRH receptor → IP3 Release of FSH and LH from anterior pituitary.
Growth hormone-releasing hormone GHRH hypothalamus GHRH receptor → IP3 Release GH from anterior pituitary
Hepcidin HAMP liver ferroportin inhibits iron export from cells
Human chorionic gonadotropin hCG placenta syncytiotrophoblast cells LH receptor → cAMP promote maintenance of corpus luteum during beginning of pregnancy Inhibit immune response, towards the human embryo.
Human placental lactogen HPL placenta increase production of insulin and IGF-1 increase insulin resistance and carbohydrate intolerance
Growth hormone GH or hGH anterior pituitary somatotropes GH receptor stimulates growth and cell reproduction Release Insulin-like growth factor 1 from liver
Inhibin testes, ovary, fetus Sertoli cells of testes
granulosa cells of ovary
trophoblasts in fetus
anterior pituitary Inhibit production of FSH
Insulin INS pancreas beta cells insulin receptor, IGF-1, IGF-2 Intake of glucose, glycogenesis and glycolysis in liver and muscle from blood intake of lipids and synthesis of triglycerides in adipocytes Other anabolic effects
Insulin-like growth factor (or somatomedin) IGF liver Hepatocytes insulin receptor, IGF-1 insulin-like effects regulate cell growth and development
Leptin LEP adipose tissue LEP-R decrease of appetite and increase of metabolism.
Lipotropin LPH anterior pituitary Corticotropes lipolysis and steroidogenesis,
stimulates melanocytes to produce melanin
Luteinizing hormone LH anterior pituitary gonadotropes LHR → cAMP In female: ovulation In male: stimulates Leydig cell production of testosterone
Melanocyte stimulating hormone MSH or α-MSH anterior pituitary/pars intermedia Melanotroph melanocortin receptor → cAMP melanogenesis by melanocytes in skin and hair
Motilin MLN Small intestine Motilin receptor stimulates gastric activity
Orexin hypothalamus OX1, OX2 wakefulness and increased energy expenditure, increased appetite
Oxytocin OXT posterior pituitary Magnocellular neurosecretory cells OXT receptor → IP3 release breast milk Contraction of [1] and circadian homeostasis (body temperature, activity level, wakefulness).[2]
Pancreatic polypeptide Pancreas PP cells pancreatic polypeptide receptor 1 Self-regulation of pancreatic secretions (endocrine and exocrine). It also affects hepatic glycogen levels and gastrointestinal secretions.
Parathyroid hormone PTH parathyroid gland parathyroid chief cell PTH receptor → cAMP increase blood Ca2+:

(Slightly) decrease blood phosphate:

  • (decreased reuptake in kidney but increased uptake from bones
  • activate vitamin D)
Pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating peptide PACAP multiple ADCYAP1R1, VIPR1, VIPR2 Stimulates enterochromaffin-like cells
Prolactin PRL anterior pituitary, uterus lactotrophs of anterior pituitary
Decidual cells of uterus
PRL receptor milk production in mammary glands
sexual gratification after sexual acts
Prolactin releasing hormone PRH hypothalamus Release prolactin from anterior pituitary
Relaxin RLN uterus Decidual cells RLN receptor Unclear in humans
Renin Kidney Juxtaglomerular cells Activates the renin-angiotensin system by producing angiotensin I of angiotensinogen
Secretin SCT duodenum S cell SCT receptor Secretion of bicarbonate from liver, pancreas and duodenal Brunner's glands Enhances effects of cholecystokinin Stops production of gastric juice
Somatostatin SRIF hypothalamus, islets of Langerhans, gastrointestinal system delta cells in islets
Neuroendocrince cells of the Periventricular nucleus in hypothalamus
Somatostatin receptor Inhibit release of GH and TRH from anterior pituitary
Suppress release of gastrin, cholecystokinin (CCK), secretin, motilin, vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP), gastric inhibitory polypeptide (GIP), enteroglucagon in gastrointestinal system
Lowers rate of gastric emptying Reduces smooth muscle contractions and blood flow within the intestine[3]
Inhibit release of insulin from beta cells[4]
Inhibit release of glucagon from alpha cells[4]
Suppress the exocrine secretory action of pancreas.
Thrombopoietin TPO liver, kidney, striated muscle Myocytes TPO receptor megakaryocytes produce platelets[5]
Thyroid-stimulating hormone (or thyrotropin) TSH anterior pituitary thyrotropes Thyrotropin receptor → cAMP thyroid gland secrete thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3)
Thyrotropin-releasing hormone TRH hypothalamus Parvocellular neurosecretory neurons TRHR → IP3 anterior pituitary Release thyroid-stimulating hormone (primarily)
Stimulate prolactin release
Vasoactive intestinal peptide VIP gut, pancreas, and suprachiasmatic nuclei of the hypothalamus Vasoactive intestinal peptide receptor stimulates contractility in the heart, causes vasodilation, increases glycogenolysis, lowers arterial blood pressure and relaxes the smooth muscle of trachea, stomach and gall bladder


Chemical class Name Abbreviation Tissue Cells Receptor Target Tissue Effect
androgen Testosterone testes Leydig cells AR scrotum, deepening of voice, growth of beard and axillary hair.
androgen Dehydroepiandrosterone DHEA testes, ovary, kidney Zona fasciculata and Zona reticularis cells of kidney
theca cells of ovary
Leydig cellss of testes
AR Virilization, anabolic
androgen Androstenedione adrenal glands, gonads AR Substrate for estrogen
androgen Dihydrotestosterone DHT multiple AR 5-DHT or DHT is a male reproductive hormone that targets the prostate gland, bulbourethral gland, seminal vesicles, penis and scrotum and promotes growth/mitosis/cell maturation and differentiation. Testosterone is converted to 5-DHT by 5alpha-reductase, usually with in the target tissues of 5-DHT because of the need for high concentrations of 5-dht to produced the physiological effects.
mineralocorticoid Aldosterone adrenal cortex (zona glomerulosa) MR Increase blood volume by reabsorption of sodium in kidneys (primarily) Potassium and H+ secretion in kidney.
estrogen Estradiol E2 females: ovary, males testes females: granulosa cells, males: Sertoli cell ER Females: Structural:

Protein synthesis:

  • increase hepatic production of binding proteins


Increase HDL, triglyceride, height growth Decrease LDL, fat deposition Fluid balance:

Gastrointestinal tract:

  • reduce bowel motility
  • increase cholesterol in bile


Cancer: support hormone-sensitive breast cancers[6] Suppression of production in the body of estrogen is a treatment for these cancers.

Lung function:

Males: Prevent apoptosis of germ cells[8]

estrogen Estrone ovary granulosa cells, Adipocytes ER
estrogen Estriol E3 placenta syncytiotrophoblast ER
glucocorticoid Cortisol adrenal cortex (zona fasciculata and zona reticularis cells) GR Stimulation of gluconeogenesis Inhibition of glucose uptake in muscle and adipose tissue Mobilization of amino acids from extrahepatic tissues Stimulation of fat breakdown in adipose tissue anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive
progestogen Progesterone ovary, adrenal glands, placenta (when pregnant) Granulosa cells theca cells of ovary PR Support pregnancy:[9]


secosteroid Calcitriol (1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3) skin/proximal tubule of kidneys VDR Active form of vitamin D3 Increase absorption of calcium and phosphate from gastrointestinal tract and kidneys inhibit release of PTH
secosteroid Calcidiol (25-hydroxyvitamin D3) skin/proximal tubule of kidneys VDR Inactive form of vitamin D3


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