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Endocrine System. Glands & Hormones. Hormone. A chemical messenger that is produced at one site and carried by the blood to its site of action (target cells). Mechanism of Hormone Action. Hormones produce one or more of the following cellular changes:

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endocrine system

Endocrine System

Glands & Hormones


A chemical messenger that is produced at one site and carried by the blood to its site of action (target cells)

mechanism of hormone action
Mechanism of Hormone Action

Hormones produce one or more of the following cellular changes:

•    Alter plasma membrane permeability

•    Stimulate protein synthesis

•    Activate or deactivate enzyme systems

•    Induce secretory activity

•    Stimulate mitosis

classification of hormones
Classification of Hormones
  • Steroid

- Lipid soluble (diffuse through plasma membrane because they are made of cholesterol)

  • Amino acid (most are this type)

- Activate secondary messengers because the hormone must 1st bind to the plasma membrane

- Secondary messengers – cAMP, DAG, IP3

secondary messengers
Secondary messengers

Hormone activates a G protein

activates phosphatydal inositol biphosphate PIP2

which breaks into Diacyleglycerol DAG+ IP3

and inositol triphosphate

These activate calcium release from the E.R. and protein kinases in the cell which phosphorylates proteins (adds PO4 )

pituitary gland
Pituitary Gland

1.ACTH (Adrenocorticotropic hormone) Stimulates adrenal glands to make Cortisol and aldosterone

2.    ADH (Antidiuretic hormone) Causes kidneys to reabsorb more water preventing dehydration

3.    GH (Growth hormone) (Causes bone and muscle growth)

4.    TSH (Thyroid stimulating hormone) (Stimulates thyroid gland to make T3 and T4)

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Pituitary Gland

5. LH (Luitenizing hormone) (Stimulates estrogen & progesterone secretion from ovaries & testosterone secretion from testes)

6. FSH (Follicle stimulating hormone) (Egg & sperm production)

7.    Oxytocin (Causes uterine contractions & milk ejection)

8.Prolactin (milk production)

9. MSH(Melanocyte Stimulating Hormone) Causes melanin production in skin

pineal gland
Pineal Gland
  • Melatonin (Initiates sleep)
thyroid gland
Thyroid Gland

T3 (Triiodothyronine) (Controls metabolism)


  • Glucose oxidation

•   Increasing metabolic rate

•    Heat production

•    Maintaining blood pressure

•    Regulating tissue growth

•    Developing skeletal and nervous systems

•    Maturation and reproductive capabilities

Calcitonin (Builds up bone to lower blood calcium)

parathyroid gland
Parathyroid Gland

PTH (Parathyroid hormone)

(Breaks down bone to raise

blood calcium)

thymus gland
Thymus Gland
  • Thymosin (Controls immune system)
  • Insulin (Allows glucose to enter cells; LOWERS blood glucose)
  • Glucagon (Stimulates liver to make glucose; RAISES blood glucose)

Islets of Langerhans have two cell types

•    Alpha () cells that produce glucagon

•    Beta () cells that produce insulin

adrenal glands
Adrenal Glands


a.Epinephrine (adrenaline) (Increases: blood glucose, heart rate, blood pressure, breathing rate, & dilates bronchioles)

b.Nor-epinephrine (nor-adrenaline) (Same as Epinephrine)

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Adrenal Glands


a.Cortisol (Stress released to increase blood glucose)

b.Aldosterone (Controls salt & water balance)

c.Androgens (small amounts of estrogen and testosterone)

  • 1.Estrogen (Creates female secondary sex characteristics)
  • 2.Progesterone(Thickens the uterus lining each month)
  • 1. Testosterone (Creates male secondary sex characteristics)

Erythropoeitin – RBC production

Renin and Angiotensinogen which control blood volume

Renin-angiotensin mechanism – kidneys release renin, which is converted into angiotensin II that in turn stimulates aldosterone release

Plasma concentration of sodium and potassium – directly influences the adrenal cells

  • ANP (Atrial Naturetic Polypeptide) which causes Na ions to be excreted in the kidney (Lose water & ultimately blood pressure)