What is the function of the thymosin hormone?


Quick Answer

Thymosin hormones are typically produced by the thymus gland and trigger the creation of T-cells, which are used by the immune system to fight disease. There are different classifications of thymosins, and it is believed that not all thymosins are produced by the thymus.

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The thymus gland has a limited time frame in which T-cell production occurs. Once puberty occurs in a human, a normal thymus has created the T-cells needed by the body and begins to shrink, eventually being replaced by fatty tissue. Though it is not needed for T-cell production after puberty, the thymus serves a necessary role in the endocrine and lymphatic systems as aging occurs.

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