Adrenocorticotropic Hormone: An anterior pituitary hormone that stimulates the Adrenal Cortex and its production of Corticosteroids. ACTH is a 39-amino acid polypeptide of which the N-terminal 24-amino acid segment is identical in all species and contains the adrenocorticotrophic activity. Upon further tissue-specific processing, ACTH can yield Alpha-MSH and corticotrophin-like intermediate lobe peptide (Clip).1
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