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).
Also Known As:
ACTH; Corticotropin; Adrenocorticotrophic Hormone; Adrenocorticotropin; 1-39 ACTH; ACTH (1-39); Corticotrophin; Corticotrophin (1-39); Corticotropin (1-39); Hormone, Adrenocorticotrophic; Hormone, Adrenocorticotropic