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HOMEOSTASIS 37  C pH of 7.35 0.1% blood sugar. Homeostasis – an equilibrium (steady state) between an organism’s various physiological functions, and.

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1 HOMEOSTASIS 37  C pH of % blood sugar

2 Homeostasis – an equilibrium (steady state) between an organism’s various physiological functions, and between the organism and the environment. This is a balance in response to continually changing conditions in both the internal and external environments

3 Steady State achieved by self adjustment (see feedback) death results when then balance can no longer be maintained dynamic equilibrium – a condition that remains stable with fluctuation limits achieved by self adjustment (see feedback) death results when then balance can no longer be maintained dynamic equilibrium – a condition that remains stable with fluctuation limits There are many factors that we, as organisms, must balance:  ex. blood glucose, water content (osmotic balance), temperature, hormones, etc.

4 Control Systems All homeostatic control systems have three components: –a monitor  special sensors located in the organs of the body detect changes in homeostasis –a coordinating centre,  receives message from sensors and relays information to appropriate regulator (organ/tissue that will act to restore steady state)  brain –a regulator  restores normal balance  muscles and organs

5 FEEDBACK SYSTEMS MAINTAIN HOMEOSTAS IS Components: 1. Receptors 2. Control Center 3. Effectors

6 Coordination of Body Functions The activity of various specialized parts of an animal are coordinated by the two major systems of internal communication: the nervous system – involved with high- speed messages the endocrine system – involved in the production, release, and movement of chemical messangers

7 All animals exhibit some coordination by chemical signals: –hormones = produced by the endocrine system convey information between organs of the body –pheromones = chemical signals used to communicate between different individuals –neurotransmitters = chemical signals between cells on a localized scale (over short distances; between neurons)

8 The Endocrine System Has several key components: Hormones = secreted by endocrine or neurosecretory cells, travel into body fluids to target cells where it elicits a specific response Target Cell = cell equipped to respond to the given hormone Neurosecretory cells = neuron that receives signals from other nerve cells and responds by releasing hormones into body fluids or into a storage organ from which they are later released. Endocrine gland = ductless gland that secretes hormones into the body fluids for distribution through the body Note: Exocrine gland = glands that produce a variety of substances (e.g sweat, mucus, digestive enzymes) and deliver their produces via ducts, are NOT part of the endocrine system. More on the endocrine system in chapter 8…..

9 1.Excreting Waste 2.Urinary System 3.Formation of Urine 4.Water Balance 5.Kidney Disease Example: carbon dioxide levels  Levels increased during exercise Chemical receptors in brain are stimulated Nerve cells from the brain carry impulses to muscles that increase breathing rate.  A group of arteries in the neck can detect low levels of oxygen in the blood and they send a message via a nerve to the brain, which then relays the message to the muscles that control breathing movements. Because we are constantly having to fix our levels so they stay within a range, we call it dynamic equilibrium. Mechanisms that make adjustments to bring the body back within its acceptable range are called negative feedback systems.

10 Most homeostatic control systems are negative feedback systems. These systems prevent small changes from becoming too large. A relationship in which the response is opposite to the stimulus (or impressed change) The body is self correcting by the use of negative feedback Example: glucose and insulin, thermostat (pg. 336) high glucose in blood ↑ insulin production

11 Response No heat produced Room temperature decreases Room temperature increases Set point Too hot Set point Heater turned off Too cold Set point Control center: thermostat Heater turned on Response Heat produced

12 NEGATIVE FEEDBACK ►decreases an action ►stops when return to normal ►most homeostatic control mechanisms are negative feedback

13 Positive Feedback systems: process by which a small effect is amplified A relationship in which the response is the same as the stimulus Leads to instability and possibly death Some rare limited examples: birthing process in humans: childbirth  hormone oxytocin

14 POSITIVE FEEDBACK (reinforces) ►increases an action ►must be turned off by outside event ►decreases an action ►could run away = death * blood loss - ↓ B.P. - ↓ heart beat - ↓ B.P. * blood clotting

15 Decrease in progesterone ---->increase in uterine contraction ----> release of oxytocin ---> increase in stronger contractions---->baby is expelled----- >contraction stop--->release of oxytocin stops ↓ progesterone contractions & oxytocin + + Section 7.1 Questions, pp. 337, #1-5

16 Thermoregulation Thermoregulation: the maintenance of body temperature within a range that enables cells to function efficiently. Ectotherms: (reptiles etc.) rely on air temperature to regulate metabolic rates. Therefore activity is dependent on environment.  adaptations: seeking sun, shade Endotherms: (mammals etc.) maintain constant body temp (37°C) regardless of environment. Respond to changes in environmental temp. by using energy to produce heat

17 River otter (endotherm) Largemouth bass (ectotherm) Ambient (environmental) temperature (°C) Body temperature (°C) Relationship between body temperature & Environmental temperature

18 B. Modes of Heat Exchange Organisms exchange heat by four physical processes: conduction, convection, radiation, and evaporation Evaporation: removal heat from surface of liquid lost as gas Conduction: direct transfer heat between molecules in contact Convection: transfer heat by mvt air Radiation: radiate heat between objects not in contact.

19 B. Balancing Heat Loss and Gain In thermoregulation, physiological and behavioral adjustments balance heat loss and heat gain 5 general adaptations in animals’ thermoregulation: –Insulation –Circulatory adaptations –Cooling by evaporative heat loss –Behavioral responses –Adjusting metabolic heat production

20 1. Insulation Insulation is a major thermoregulatory adaptation in mammals and birds It reduces heat flow between an animal and its environment Examples are skin, feathers, fur, and blubber In mammals, the integumentary system acts as insulating material

21 Many endotherms & some ectotherms alter amount of blood flowing between the body core & skin Vasodilatation = ↑ blood flow in skin = ↑ heat loss Vasoconstriction = ↓ blood flow in skin = ↓ heat loss 2. Circulatory Adaptations

22 Many marine mammals & birds have arrangement blood vessels called counter current heat exchanger which are important for reducing heat loss

23 3. Cooling by Evaporative Heat Loss Many types of animals lose heat through evaporation of water in sweat Panting augments the cooling effect in birds and many mammals Bathing moistens the skin, helping to cool animal

24 Both endotherms and ectotherms use behavioral responses to control body temp Some terrestrial invertebrates have postures that minimize or maximize absorb solar heat 4. Behavioral Responses More extreme behavioral adaptations = hibernation or migration to more suitable climate

25 5. Adjusting Metabolic Heat Production Some animals can regulate body temperature by adjusting their rate of metabolic heat production Many species of flying insects use shivering to warm up before taking flight Preflight warmup in hawkmoth = shiver-like to help muscles produce enough power to take off

26 Mammals regulate body temperature by negative feedback involving several organ systems In humans, the hypothalamus (a part of the brain) contains nerve cells that function as a thermostat C. Feedback Mechanisms in Thermoregulation

27 StimulusPhysiological Response Adjustment Decreased environmental temperature Constriction of blood vessels in skin-hairs on body erect shivering Heat is conserved more heat is generated by increased metabolism Increased environmental temperature Dilation of blood vessels of skin- sweating Heat is dissipated


29 Human thermostat = hypothalamus (control centre)hypothalamus

30 Responses to heat stress: (nerve messages from sensor via hypothalamus) increase sweat (glands) vasodilatation (blood vessels) Responses to cold stress: (nerve messages from sensor via hypothalamus) smooth muscles contract vasoconstriction (blood vessels) hair stands on end to trap warm air near skin (follicles) (goosebump = muscle contraction in area of hair follicle) rhythmic skeletal muscle contraction = shivering to generate heat Mammalian Diving Reflex Section 7.2 Questions, pp. 341, # 1-7

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