Basophil cell

An anterior pituitary basophil is a type of cell in the anterior pituitary which manufactures hormones.

Basophil cell
LocationAnterior pituitary
Anatomical terms of microanatomy

It is called a basophil because it is basophilic (readily takes up bases), and typically stains a relatively deep blue or purple.[1]

These basophils are further classified by the hormones they produce. (It is usually not possible to distinguish between these cell types using standard staining techniques.)

Cell nameRelative proportionHormone producedHypothalamic regulators
Gonadotrophs10%FSH, LH and hCG*GnRH

*Produced only in pregnancy by the developing embryo.

B-FLAT for Basophils: FSH, LH, ACTH, TSH


  1. Histology image:14002loa from Vaughan, Deborah (2002). A Learning System in Histology: CD-ROM and Guide. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195151732.
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