Zona reticularis - Definition
It is the inmost tissue layer of the adrenal gland cortex.
Zona reticularis - Location
It is positioned immediately adjacent to the rearmost section of the brain, known as medulla. The Zona fasciculata and Zona glomerulosa, two other layers of the adrenal cortex, lie above this layer.
Zona reticularis - Appearance
The structure of this tissue layer is slightly different from that of Zona fasciculata. When compared with those of Zona fasciculate, the cells of this layer are observed to be smaller, less vacuolated and more irregular.
Zona reticularis - Function
It is mainly involved in synthesizing and secreting various sex work hormones that act as a replacement for gonadal hormones. It is also responsible for the production of Glucocorticoids.
It acts jointly with the Zona fasciculate.
Zona reticularis - Pictures
These images would help you get a detailed visual idea of this tissue layer.
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