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Human Anatomy and Physiology Notes Week 2

by: Michael Fucci

Human Anatomy and Physiology Notes Week 2 Bio 204-001

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These notes cover Dr. Schweyer's lectures from February 1st, 3rd and 5th. The notes include topics such as hormone transportation and action and a closer look at the pituitary gland, the thyroid a...
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Dr. Schweyer
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anatomy and physiology, Biology, Endocrine Glands, Hormones
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Date Created: 01/29/16
Classification of Hormones +Hormones are classified either by chemical means or transport+ Classification by Transport  Freely Circulating Hormones (i.e. Amino) o These are relatively small o They are removed from transport medium to the cell rather quickly  Hormones that are bound to transport proteins (i.e. some types of catecholamine) o These are bigger and bulkier o Harder to remove from transport medium to get into the cell o Therefore, it takes several hours to remove them What is the goal of the hormone after being produced?  Answer: to cause a change in the metabolic activity of a cell o Goals include: mitosis & meiosis, transcription, translation, and protein  synthesis o Hormones mediate all of these events  Note: some hormones cannot directly affect cells so they must use a secondary  messenger system (such as the peptide and amino hormones). **In order for a hormone to affect a cell, they must get into the cell** Mechanisms of Hormone Action  The mechanism begins with the target cell  The hormone is first released, and fits into the selective receptor site (Note: this stage  is considered the first messenger) o If it is a Lipid, it will pass through the layer o If it is a amino/ peptide/ catecholamine, it will required a secondary  messenger  Secondary messengers include: o cAMP o cGTP  The secondary messenger system helps bring the hormone into the cell, but cannot do it alone: o The G­protein comes in and connects/ bridges the secondary messenger and  hormone o The information travels to the secondary messenger and it will now affect the  cell.  Receptor sites for catecholamine, peptide hormones, and eicosanoids are in the cell  membrane of the target cells and then the secondary messenger system will be  employed.  The Thyroid and Steroid hormones directly cross the membrane and bind to receptors in the cytoplasm or nucleus. Brief Step by Step for Secondary Messenger  Hormones bind to receptor site (first messenger)  Secondary messenger connects to hormone via G­protein  The secondary messenger is altered and may act as an enzyme inhibitor or promote  enzyme activity; therefore, altering metabolic activity Example of a First Messenger System: The Thyroid Hormone  Directly attaches to the nucleus and mitochondria after passing through plasma  membrane  Nucleus binding leads to gene activation, transcription, and translation (formation of  proteins)  Binding to the mitochondria will cause an increase in ATP production  Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) – overproduction of hormone, over production  of ATP, too much energy, hyperactive  Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) – underproduction of hormone, will result in  sluggishness, under production of ATP, no energy Control of Hormone Secretions  The hypothalamus regulates the activity of the nervous and endocrine systems o Directly controls pituitary glands by secreting a regulatory hormone o Many endocrine structures are directly controlled too  How does it regulate these systems? o Secretes a regulatory hormone (can either inhibit or increase production of  hormones)  This controls the anterior pituitary o Releases hormones at the posterior pituitary (this is how the hypothalamus  releases its own hormones) o Has a direct neural control of the medulla of adrenal glands  The infundibulum connects the hypothalamus to the pituitary gland The Pituitary “Master” Gland (AKA Hypophysis)  Releases nine important peptide hormones o Seven are located in the Anterior; 2 in the posterior o All bind to membrane receptors and therefore needs cyclic GTP  Anterior Pituitary (Adenohypophysis) hormones o TSH – Thyroid stimulating hormone  Causes the thyroid to secrete o ACTH – Adrenocorticotropic Hormone  Causes adrenals to secrete o FSH – follicle stimulating hormone  Secretes estrogen o LH – luteinizing hormone  Causes ovulation o PRL – prolactin  Causes mammary glands to produce milk o GH/STH  –growth hormone (somatotropin)  Causes growth o MSH – melanocyte stimulating hormone  Causes melanocytes to secrete melanin (which causes pigmentation)  Nonfunctioning in adulthood  Remember the hypothalamus controls: o The WHAT and WHEN of the anterior pituitary by releasing regulatory  hormones o It releases its own hormones (ADH/OXT) via the posterior pituitary o It has direct neural sympathetic control to the adrenal glands.  Posterior Pituitary (neurohypophysis) hormones o ADH – antidiuretic hormone  Causes reabsorption of water from the kidneys  Prevents you from peeing a lot o OXT­ oxytocin  Causes labor contractions o These hormones are produced in the hypothalamus, but are released in the  posterior pituitary  Hypophyseal Portal System o A portal system is a system of blood vessels o Why is the pituitary gland so vascular?  The goal is to transport the hormone as quickly as possible Notes to keep in mind  Adeno means gland  Tropin means it will affect another endocrine gland  Cortisol is the key stress hormone  Gonadotropin glands are FSH and LH  GH is nontropic  Mammary gland is exocrine not endocrine  Pitocin is the synthetic form of oxytocin Acromegaly  This is a tumor of the pituitary  Causes over secretion of GH  Affects cartilage  Note: the patient was still normal height o The onset of this is during middle age, so the epiphyseal plate is sealed o Therefore, the cartilage grew while the bones couldn’t – results in big ears,  big nose, and large mandible Pituitary Gigantism  Tumor in pituitary; causes over secretion of GH  The question becomes time of the tumor o The onset of this tumor is early in the patients lifespan o The epiphyseal growth plate is not sealed and causes pure gigantism Pituitary Dwarfism  Caused by a different type of pituitary tumor; results in the under secretion of GH The Thyroid Gland  Hormones: o T­3: Triiodothyronine o T­4: Thyroxine o Calcitonin  These types of hormones diffuse into the cell straight through the membrane, like  steroids  They are involved with energy (production of ATP)  The loves of the thyroid gland are connected by the isthmus  It is located right below the Adams apple  The C­Cell is scattered throughout the thyroid o The C­Cell produces calcitonin, which lowers the calcium levels in the blood o C­Cells are also known as parathilicular cells  The thyroid hormone is calorigenic (deals with calories and energy).  The lack of iodine results in a lack of thyroid production and loss of energy Thyroid Disorders  Hyperthyroidism in babies can lead to newborns being born retarded  Hypothyroidism as well as a lack of iodine can result in goiters The Parathyroid Gland  Produces parathyroid hormone (PTH), which increases blood calcium level and is  associated with osteoclastic activity  The parathyroid chief cell is the actual endocrine cell  Calcitonin, on the other hand, activates osteoblastic activity  Note that the blood calcium level range should be: 8.5 mg/deciliter – 11 mg/decileter  The results of low levels of calcium include o Kidney failure o Similar to the effects of chemotherapy o This is known as hypocalcemia  Hypercalcemia (high levels of calcium) o Overactive parathyroid o Ulcers may form (too much Vitamin D) o May result in cancers (may produce a protein that increases calcium secretion  into the blood) Adrenal Gland  The connection between the brain and adrenal medulla is sympathetic  Adrenal Medulla o Epinephrine aka adrenaline makes up 80% of hormone production o Norepinephrine aka noradrenaline makes up 20% o Epinephrine and norepinephrine cause heart and blood pressure increase,  increase in glucose metabolism, breathing rate increases  Adrenal Cortex o Made up of epithelial cells and secretes steroid hormones, which are based  upon cholesterol.  They enter cell via diffusion. o Mineralcorticoids will affect sodium and potassium ions.  Causes kidneys to  retain salt and water and excrete potassium into urine. o Glucocorticoids affects glucose metabolism by raising blood sugar levels.  Disorders include Addison’s disease (where the Adrenal glands do not  secrete enough steroids) and Cushing’s disease (where a pituitary  tumor causes over secretion of the Adrenal glands


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