What is calcitonin how it is different from parathormone?

Asked by Abhijeetoo7 | 3rd Dec, 2009, 08:16: PM

Expert Answer:

Calcitonin is a polypeptide hormone that is produced in humans primarily by the parafollicular cells (also known as C-cells) of the thyroid glands. It acts to reduce blood calcium (Ca2+), opposing the effects of parathyroid hormone (PTH).

Parathyroid hormone (PTH), or parathormone, is secreted by the parathyroid glands as a polypeptide. It acts to increase the concentration of calcium (Ca2+) in the blood.

Answered by  | 4th Dec, 2009, 01:04: PM

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