Lecture Endocrine System Part I

  1. What is the endocrine system? What are the Endocrine glands? what other tissues are involved?
    Endocrine system: the body's second great controlling system which influences metabolic activities of cells by means of hormones

    Endocrine glands: pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, pineal, and thymus

    The pancreas and goands produce both hormones and exocrine products

    The hypothalamus has both neural functions and releases hormones (neuroendocrine organ)

    • Other tissues and organs that produce hormones:
    • -adipose cells
    • -pockets of cells in the walls of the small intestine
    • -stomach
    • -kidneys
    • -heart
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  2. What are autocrines and paracrines?
    autocrines: checmicals that exert effects on the same cells that secrete them

    paracrines: locally acting chemicals that affect cells other than those that secrete them

    *these are not considered hormones since hormones are long-distance chemical signals
  3. What is a hormone and what are its basic functions?
    Hormones- chemical substances secreted by cells into the extracellular fluids

    • -regulate the metabolic function of other cells
    • -have lag times ranging from seconds to hours
    • -tend to have prolonged effects

    • are classified into:
    • 1. Acid Based Hormones
    • 2. Steroid hormones

    Eicosanoids: biologically active lipids with local hormone-like activity
  4. What are the three types of hormones?
    1. Amino Acid Based: Amines, thyroxine, peptide, and protein hormones

    2. Steroids: gonadal and adenocortical hormones (sythesized from cholesterol)

    3. Eicosanoids: leulotrienes and prostaglandins that are released by nearly all cell membranes (Act as autocrines or paracrines and are not true hormones)
  5. How do hormones alter target cell activity?
    By one of 2 mechanisms:

    • 1. Second Messengers: (Water soluable hormones)
    • -regulatory G proteins
    • -amino acid-based hormones (Except thyroid hormone)

    • 2. Direct gene activation (lipid soluable hormones)
    • -steroid hormones
    • -thyroid hormones

    the precise response depends on the type of target cell
  6. What cellular changes do hormones produce in the target cells?
    Alter plasma membrane permeability or membrane potential by opening or closing ion channels

    stimulate protein synthesis or regulatory molecules like enzymes

    activate or deactivate enzyme systems

    induce secretory activity

    stimulate mitosis
  7. Describe Amino-acid based hormone action:
    cAMP Second Messenger
    1. Hormone (first messenger) binds to its receptor, which then binds to a G protein

    2. G protein is then activated as it binds to GTP, displacing GDP

    3.  Activated G protein activates the effector enzyme adenylate cyclase

    4.  Adenylate cyclase generates cAMP (second messenger) from ATP

    5. cAMP activates protein kinases, which then causes cellular effects

    • *this is a positive feedback cycle with a huge amplification effect
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  8. Describe the Amino Acid-based Hormone Action:
    1. Hormones binds to the receptors and activates G protein

    2. G protein binds and activates phospholipase C

    3. Phospoholipase splits the phospholipid PIP2 into diacylglycerol (DAG) and IP3 (both act as second messengaers)

    4. DAG activates protein kinases; IP3 triggers release of Ca2+ stores

    • 5. Ca2+ (third messenger) alters cellular responses (as it binds to calmodium)
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  9. How do steroid hormones work?
    hormone receptor binds to a region of DNA specific for it

    this interaction prompts DNA transcription to produce mRNA

    the mRNA is translated into proteins, which bring about a cellular effect

    1. The steroid hormone diffuses throught eh plasma membrae and binds an intracellular receptor

    2. The receptor hormone complex enters the nucleus

    3. the receptor-hormone complex binds a hormone reponse element (specifis DNA sequence)

    4.  Binding initiates transcription of the gene to mRNA

    • 5. The mRNA directs protein synthesis
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  10. What is target cell specificity?
    hormones circulate to all tissues but only activate cells referred to as target cells

    target cells must have specific receptors to which the hormone binds

    these receptors may be intracellular ot located on the plasma membrane

    • Examples of hormone activity:
    • -ACTH receptors are only found on certain cells of the adrenal cortex
    • -Thyroxin receptors are found on nearly all cells of the body
  11. Describe target Cell Activation
    It depends on 3 factors

    • 1. Blood levels of the hormone
    • 2. relatice number of receptors on the target cell
    • 3. Affinity of those receptors for the hormone

    Up-regulation: target cells form more receptors in response to the hormone

    Down-regulation: target cells lose receptors in response to the hormone
  12. How do hormones circulate in the blood? How are they removed?
    • Hormones circulate in the blood in two forms- free or bound to a protein carrier
    • *steroids and thyroid hormones are attached to plasma proteins
    • *all other are unencumbered

    • Concentrations of ciruclating hormone reflect:
    • -the rate of release
    • -speed of inactivation and removal from the body

    • Hormones are removed from the blood by:
    • -degrading enzymes
    • -the kidneys
    • -liver enzyme systems
  13. How do hormones interact at target cells?
    • Three types of hormone interaction:
    • 1. Permissiveness- one hormone cannot exert its effects without another hormone being present

    2. Synergism: more than one hormone produces the same effects on a target cell

    3. Antagonism: one or more hormones opposes the action of another hormone
  14. How are blood levels of hormones controlled?
    By negative feedback systems tha vary only within anarrow desirable range

    • hormones are synthesized and released in reponse to:
    • -humoral stimuli
    • -neural stimuli
    • -hormonal stimuli
  15. What are humoral stimuli?
    humoral stimuli: secretion of hormones in direct response to changing blood levels of ions and nutrients (simplest endocrine control)

    • Example: concentration of calcium ions in the blood is monitored by the parathyroid glands
    • -declining blood calcium concentration stimulated the parathyroid glands to secrete PTH (parathyroid hormone)
    • -PTH causes calium centratiosn to rise and the stimulus is removedImage Upload 5
  16. What are neural stimuli?
    neural stimuli: nerve fibers stimulate hormone release

    • preganglionic sympathetic nervous system fibers stimulate the adrenal medulla to secrete catecholamines
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  17. What are hormonal stimuli?
    This feedback loop is at the core of endocrinology!

    Hormonal stimuli: release of hormones in response to hormones produced by other endocrine glands

    • -the hypothalamic hormones stimulate the anterior pituitary
    • -in turn, pituitary hormones stimulate targets to secrete still more hormonesImage Upload 7
  18. Describe the Pituitary gland (hypophysis)
    • Its a 2 lobed organ that secretes 9 major hormones
    • It sits on the infundibulum and is connected to the hypothalamus

    • Neurohypophysis: posterior lobe (neural tissue) and the infundibulum
    • -receives, stores, and releases hormones from the hypothalamus

    • Adenohypophysis: anterior lobe, made up of glandular tissue
    • -synthesizes and secretes a number of hormones
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  19. What is the pituitary-hypothalamic relationship for the posterior lobe? (neurohypophysis)
    The posterior love is a downgrowth of the hypothalamic neural tissue and is actually a part of the brain

    has a neural connection with the hypothalamus

    nuclei of the hypothalamus synthesize oxytocin (from paraventricular neurons) and antidiueretic hormone (ADH) (from supraoptic neurons)

    these hormones are transported to the posterior pituitary to be transported throughout the body
  20. What is the pituitary-hypothalamic relationship for the anterior lobe? (adenohypophysis)
    The anterior love of the pituitary is an outpocked of the oral mucosa (ranthke's patch)

    there is no direct neural contact with teh hypothalamus

    • There is a vascular connection to the hypothalamus- the hypophyseal portal system:
    • -the primary capillary plexus
    • -the hypophyseal portal veins
    • -the secondary capillary plexus
    • *these act in hormone regulation
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  21. What are the adenophypophyseal hormones?
    • 6 hormones of the adenohypohysis:
    • GH (growth hormone)
    • TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone)
    • ACTH (adrenocortical hormone)
    • FSH (follicle stimulation hormone)
    • LH (luteinizing hormone)
    • PRL (prolactin)
    • *these regulate the activity of other endocrine glands

    • Also, a pro-hormone called pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC)
    • -is split into ACTH, opiates, and MSH which is a CNS neurotransmitter involved in appetite
  22. How is the hypothalamus involved in the activity of the hormones released by the anterior pituitary?
    the hypothalamus sends a chemcical stimulus to the anterior pituitary

    -releaseing hormones stimulate the synthesis and release of hormones

    -inhibiting hormones shut off the synthesis and release of hormones
  23. What are the tropic hormones relased by teh anterior pituitary?
    Tropic hormones regulate the secretory action of other endocrine glands

  24. What is Growth Hormone? What regulates it? What is its metabolic action?
    • It is produced by somatropic cells of the anterior pituitary lobe that:
    • -stimulate most cells, but targets bone and skeletal muscle
    • -promotes protein synthesis and encourage the use of fats for fuel (a tissue building hormone)

    most effects are mediated indirectly by somatomedinds and IGFs

    • Antagonistic hypothalamic hormones regulate GH
    • -growth hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH) stimulates GH release
    • -growth hormone-ihibiting hormone (GHIH) inhibits GH release

    • Metabolic action:
    • -GH stimulates the liver, skeletal muscle, bone, and cartilage to produce insulin-like growth factors
    • -direct action promotes lipolysis and inhibits glucose uptake
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  25. What is TSH?
    Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (thyrotropin)

    stimulates the normal development and secretory activity of the thyroid

    triggered by hypothalamic peptide thryotropin-releasing hormone (TRH)

    rising blood levels of thyroid hormones act on the pituitary and hypothalamus to block the release of TSH
  26. What is ACTH?
    Adrenocorticotropic Hormone (corticotropin)

    stimulates the adrenal cortex to release corticosteroids that help the body resist stressors

    triggered byt he hypothalamic corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) in a daily rythm

    internal and external factors such as fever, hypoglycemia, and stressors ca trigger the release of CRH
  27. What are gonadtropins?
    Gonadotropins: follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH)

    regulate the function fo the ovaries and the tested

    FSH stimulates the gamete production (Egg or sperm)

    absent from the blood in prepubertal boys and girls

    triggered by the hypothalamic gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GRH) during and after puberty

    • In females:
    • -LH works with FSH to cause the mturation of the ovarian follicle
    • -LH also works along to trigger ovulation
    • -LH promotes synthesis and release of estrogens and progesterone

    • In Males:
    • -LH stimulates interstitial cells of the testes to produce testosterone
    • -LH is also referred to as interstitial cell stimulating hormone (ICSH)
  28. What is prolactin?
    Protein hormone structualy similar to GH produced by lactotrophs

    in females, it stimulates milk production in the breasts

    i is triggered by the hyothalamic prolactic releasing hormone(PRH) and is inhibited by the prolactic inhibiting hormone (PIH)

    blood levels rise toward the end of pregnancy

    suckling stimulates PRH release and encourages continued milk production
  29. What hormones does the posterior pituitary have?
    Gets it from the hypothalamus!

    Posterior pituitary: made of axons of hypothalamic neurons, stores antidiuretuc hormone (ADH) and oxytocin

    ADH and oxytocin are synthesized in the hypothalamus

    • ADH influences water balance and keeps the osmotic pressure
    • -prevents urine formation
    • -osmorecptors monite solute concentration in the blood
    • -alcohol inhibits ADH release causing copious urine output

    • oxytocin stimulates smooth muscle contractions in breasts and uterus as a positive feedback cycle ending in birth
    • -plays a role in sexual arousal and satisfaction in both males and nonlactating females

    Both ADH and oxytocin use PIP-calcium second messenger mechanism

    *ADH deficiency results in diabetes insipidus
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Lecture Endocrine System Part I
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