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18.2 Endocrine System

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18.2 Endocrine System BMS 508

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These notes cover section 18.2 of the endocrine system.
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Mary Katherine Lockwood, PhD
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Endocrine system, anatomy, Physiology, Lockwood




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Date Created: 02/22/16
18.2 The endocrine system regulates physiological processes through the binding of hormones to receptors Endocrine System  All the endocrine cells and tissues of the body that produce hormones or paracrine factors with effects beyond their tissues of origins Endocrine Cells  Glandular secretory cells that release their secretions into the extracellular fluid o May affect only nearby cells (paracrine factors) or may affect cells throughout the body Organs and Tissues of the Endocrine System  Organs with Primary Endocrine Functions o Hypothalamus  Production of ADH, OXT, and regulatory hormones o Pituitary Gland  Anterior Lobe  Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH)  Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH)  Growth hormone (GH)  Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH)  Luteinizing hormone (LH)  Melanocyte-stimulating hormone (MSH)  Posterior Lobe  Release of oxytocin (OXT) and antidiuretic hormone (ADH) o Thyroid Gland  Thyroxin (T 4  Triiodothyronine (T 3  Calcitonin (CT) o Adrenal Glands  Medulla  Epinephrine (E)  Norepinephrine (NE)  Cortex  Cortisol  Corticosterone  Aldosterone  Androgens o Pancreatic Islets  Insulin  Glucagon o Pineal Gland  Melatonin o Parathyroid Glands  Located on posterior surface of the thyroid gland  Parathyroid hormone (PTH)  Organs with Secondary Endocrine Functions o Heart  Atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP)  Brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) o Thymus  Undergoes atrophy during adulthood  Thymosins o Adipose Tissue  Leptin o Digestive Tract  Secrets numerous hormones involved in the coordination of system functions, glucose metabolism, and appetite o Kidneys  Erythropoietin (EPO)  Calcitrol o Gonads  Testes (Male)  Androgens (especially testosterone)  Inhibin  Ovaries (Female)  Estrogens  Progesterone  Inhibin Classes of Hormones  Three groups based on chemical structure 1. Amino acid derivatives 2. Peptide Hormones 3. Lipid Derivatives  Amino acid derivatives o biogenic amines o small o structurally related to amino acids o synthesized from amino acids tyrosine and tryptophan  tyrosine  thyroid hormones  epinephrine  norepinephrine  dopamine  tryptophan  melatonin  Peptide Hormones o Glycoproteins o Short polypeptides and small proteins  Lipid Derivatives o Eicosanoids  signaling molecules  leukotrienes  prostaglandins  thromboxanes  prostacyclins o Steroid hormones  lipids structurally similar to cholesterol  Differ in side chains attached to basic structure  Liver absorbs and converts to soluble form to be excreted Secretion and Distribution of Hormones  Hormones are typically released where capillaries are abundant o Quickly enter bloodstream for distribution o Within blood,  may circulate freely  Travel bound to special carrier proteins o Freely circulating hormone is inactivated when  it diffuses out of the bloodstream and binds to receptors on target cells  it is absorbed and broken down by cells of the liver or kidneys  it is broken down by enzymes in the blood or interstitial fluids o Thyroid hormones and steroid hormones are bound o For each hormone, an equilibrium state exists between free and bound forms  As free hormones are released and inactivated, bound hormones are released to replace them Mechanisms of Hormone Action  Hormones o Coordinate cell, tissue, and organ activities on a sustained basis o Circulate in the extracellular fluid o Bind to specific receptors on plasma membranes or within target cells  Modifies cellular activities by:  altering membrane permeability  activating or inactivating key enzymes  changing genetic activity o To affect a target cell, a hormone must first interact with an appropriate receptor Hormone Receptor  Protein molecule to which a particular molecule binds strongly  Located either on the plasma membrane or inside the cell Hormones and Plasma Receptors  Receptors for catecholamines, peptide hormones, and eicosanoids are in the plasma membrane of the target cells o Catecholamines and peptide hormones are lipid insoluble o Cannot penetrate plasma membrane o Bind to receptor proteins at outer surface of membrane (extracellular receptors)  Eicosanoids are lipid soluble o Diffuse across plasma membrane to reach receptors on inner surface of membrane (intracellular receptors) First and Second Messengers  Communication between hormone and cell  First Messenger o A hormone that binds to a receptor on the plasma membrane surface  Second Messenger o An intermediary molecule that appears due to a hormone-receptor interaction  cyclic AMP (cAMP)  cyclic GMP (cGMP)  calcium ions  When a small number of hormone molecules bind to membrane receptors, thousands of second messengers may appear in the cell o amplification o magnifies effect of a hormone on the target cell  Arrival of single hormone may promote release of more than one type of second messenger or the production of a linked sequence of enzymatic reactions o receptor cascade o alters many aspects of the cell function at the same time  Presence of absence of a hormone can also affect the nature and number of hormone receptor proteins in the plasma membrane o Down regulation  a process in which the presence of a hormone triggers a decrease in the number of hormone receptors  Cells become less sensitive to high levels of a particular hormone o Up regulation  a process in which the absence of a hormone triggers increase in the number of hormone receptors  cells become more sensitive to low levels of a particular hormone  Link between first and second messengers o G protein  an enzyme complex coupled to a membrane receptor  holds GTP  Activated when a hormone binds to its receptor at the membrane surface  Three major patterns of response to activation  Three major patterns of response to G protein activation o Increasing cAMP levels  activated G protein activates adenylate cyclase  adenylate cyclase converts ATP to cAMP  cAMP functions as second messenger  activates kinase o phosphorylates proteins  opens ions channels  activates enzymes  Short lived  cytoplasm contains phosphodiesterase (PDE)  inactivates cAMP by converting it to AMP o Decreasing cAMP levels  activated G protein stimulates PDE activity and inhibits adenylate cyclase activity  levels of cAMP declines because cAMP breakdown accelerates while cAMP synthesis is prevented  Without phosphorylation, key enzymes remain inactive o Calcium Ions  Activated G protein can trigger the opening of calcium ion channels in the plasma membrane or the release of calcium ions from intracellular compartments  G protein activates phospholipase C (PLC)  triggers a receptor cascade that begins with production of diacylglycerol (DAG) and inositol triphosphate (IP ) from 3 membrane phospholipids  IP3diffuses into cytoplasm o triggers release of calcium ions from intracellular reserves  DAG and calcium ions activates protein kinase C (PKC) o leads to phosphorylation of calcium channel proteins o Positive feedback loop  elevates intracellular calcium concentration o Calcium ions serve as messengers with calmodulin  activates specific cytoplasmic enzymes Hormone and Intracellular Receptors  Steroid hormones diffuse across the lipid part of the plasma membrane and bind to receptors in the cytoplasm or nucleus o activate or deactivate specific genes o Can alter rate of DNA transcription in the nucleus  Changes pattern of protein synthesis  Affects metabolic activity and structure of target cell  Thyroid hormones cross plasma membrane by a transport mechanism o bind to receptors within the nucleus and on mitochondrion o activates specific genes or changes the rate of transcription  affects metabolic activities of the cell by increasing or decreasing the concentration of specific enzymes o thyroid hormones bound to mitochondria increase mitochondrial rates of ATP production Control of Endocrine Activity by Endocrine Reflexes  Endocrine Reflexes o functional counterparts of neural reflexes o can be triggered by  humeral stimuli  changes in the composition of the extracellular fluid  hormonal stimuli  arrival or removal of specific hormone  neural stimuli  arrival of neurotransmitter at neuroglandular junctions o Controlled by negative feedback  a stimulus triggers the production of a hormone and the direct or indirect effects of the hormone reduce the intensity of the stimulus o Simple endocrine reflexes involve one hormone  cells involved respond directly to changes in the composition of the extracellular fluid  secreted hormone adjusts activity of target cells and restores homeostasis  controls hormone secretion by the heart, pancreas, parathyroid glands, and digestive tract o Complex endocrine reflexes involve one or more intermediary steps and two or more hormones o Hypothalamus provides highest level of endocrine control  integrates activities of nervous and endocrine systems in three ways  acts as an endocrine organ o hypothalamus neurons synthesize hormones and transports them along axons to the posterior lobe at the pituitary gland, when they are released into circulation  secretes regulatory hormones o control endocrine cells in the pituitary gland (anterior lobe)  control activities of endocrine cells in the thyroid, adrenal cortex, and reproductive organs  contains autonomic centers that exert direct neural control over the endocrine cells of the adrenal medullae o when sympathetic division is activated, releases E and NE into bloodstream o Hypothalamus secretes regulatory hormones and ADH in response to changes in the composition of the circulating blood  secretion of OXT, E, and NE involves both neural and hormonal mechanisms  neuroendocrine reflexes o Endocrine system sends complex commands by changing the amount of hormone secreted and the pattern of hormone release  simple endocrine reflex releases hormones continuously  hypothalamic and pituitary hormones are released in pulses  target cells vary response with frequency of pulses


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