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Endocrine System. Glands and Hormones The Endocrine System consists of glands and tissues that secrete hormones Endocrine Glands: ductless; secrete hormones.

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1 Endocrine System

2 Glands and Hormones The Endocrine System consists of glands and tissues that secrete hormones Endocrine Glands: ductless; secrete hormones directly into tissue fluid Hormones: chemical signals that affect the behavior of other glands or tissues; each type has unique composition ◦ Influence metabolism of cells, growth and development of body parts, and homeostasis

3 Categorize Hormones 2 classifications: ◦ Peptide Hormones (proteins, glycoprotein, modified amino acids) ◦ Steroid Hormones (lipids, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone) Peptides: stay outside cell and directs activities within ◦ Bind to receptor protein in plasma membrane and activate “second messenger” ◦ Common second messengers found in many body cells include cyclic AMP (cAMP, made from ATP) and calcium Steroids: have same four-carbon ring complex, but each has different side chains ◦ Diffuse across plasma membrane and other cellular membranes ◦ Bind to receptor proteins once inside cell

4 Hormone Release Insulin release is controlled by negative feedback, hormonal control, and neural control Release of hormones is controlled by different mechanisms: 1.Negative feedback controls hormone release 2.Hormone release controlled by actions of others 3.Hormone release controlled by nervous system Release is usually controlled by a negative feedback system for the majority of hormones Negative Feedback System: stimulus causes body response Hormone release can also be controlled by certain stimulating/inhibiting hormones Few instances where positive feedback controls release of hormones

5 Nervous System The Nervous System plays a role in the Endocrine System; they work together to regulate the organs of the body The Nervous System is an important controller of the Endocrine System The brain can make appropriate adjustments to hormone secretion which ensures homeostasis; the endocrine system is involved in homeostasis

6 Hypothalamus & Pituitary Gland Hypothalamus: regulates internal environment ◦ Through autonomic system, helps control heartbeat/body temperature/water balance ◦ Also controls glandular secretions of pituitary gland (hypophysis) Pituitary Gland: attached to base of brain that consists of anterior and posterior lobes ◦ Posterior Pituitary (Neurohypophysis) ◦ Anterior Pituitary (Adrenohypophysis)

7 Hypothalamus Oxytocin: other hormone made in hypothalamus, causes uterine contraction during childbirth and milk letdown when baby is nursing Hypothalamic-releasing Hormones: one of many hormones produced by the hypothalamus that stimulates secretion of anterior pituitary hormone Hypothalamic-inhibiting Hormones: one of many hormones produced by the hypothalamus that inhibits secretion of anterior pituitary hormone

8 Pituitary Gland Posterior Pituitary: a portion of the pituitary gland connected by a stalk to the hypothalamus Diabetes Insipidus: person produces copious amount of urine with a resultant loss of ions from blood  Deals with Posterior Pituitary Antidiuretic Hormone (ADH): hormone released from pituitary lobe of pituitary gland that enhances water conservation by kidneys with Posterior Pituitary  Sometimes called Vasopressin

9 Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands Thyroid Gland: large gland located in the neck, where it is attached to trachea just below larynx  Composed of a large number of follicles, each small spherical structure made of thyroid cells filled with triiodothyronine and thyroxine Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (TSH): hormone that causes thyroid to produce thyroxine Parathyroid Gland: embedded in the posterior surface of the thyroid gland

10 Thyroid Gland Myxedema: occurrence of hypothyroidism in adults; characterized by lethargy, weight gain, loss of hair, slower pulse rate, lowered body temperature, and thickness and puffiness of the skin Hyperthyroidism: (oversecretion of thyroid hormone), thyroid gland is overactive, and a goiter forms (exophthalmic goiter), also be caused by thyroid tumor Congenital Hypothyroidism: when thyroid fails to develop properly, individuals with this condition are short and stocky and have had extreme hypothyroidism (undersecretion of thyroid hormone) ◦ Therapy can initiate growth, but unless treatment is begun within the first two months of life, mental retardation results Thyroid hormones: ◦ increase the metabolic rate ◦ do not have a single target organ ◦ stimulate all cells of the body to metabolize at a faster rate ◦ more glucose is broken down, and more energy is utilized

11 Parathyroid Gland Parathyroid Hormone (PTH): causes the blood phosphate level to decrease and the ionic blood calcium level to increase Calcitonin: a hormone secreted by the thyroid gland when the blood calcium level rises, from the thyroid gland and the parathyroid gland and hormones, maintain the blood calcium level within the normal limits Hypocalcemic Tetany: when insufficient parathyroid hormone production leads to a dramatic drop in the blood calcium level ◦ In tetany, the body shakes from continuous muscle contraction. This effect is brought about by increased excitability of the nerves, which nerve impulses spontaneously and without rest. In severe cases, it is fatal.

12 Adrenal Gland Adrenal Gland: sits atop the kidneys Adrenal Medulla: inner portion of gland, under nervous control, hypothalamus initiates nerve impulses that travel by way of the brain stem, spinal cord, and sympathetic nerve fibers to the adrenal medulla, which then secretes its hormones Adrenal Cortex: outer portion of gland, under control of ACTH Adrenocorticotropic Hormone (ACTH): stimulates adrenal cortex to produce its hormones These portions have no physiological connection with one another Stress of all types, including emotional and physical trauma, prompts the hypothalamus to stimulate the adrenal glands Epinepghrine (Adrenaline) and Nonrepinephrine (Nonadrenaline): produced by the adrenal medulla and rapidly bring about all the body changes that occur when an individual reacts to an emergency situation ◦ The release of epinephrine and nonrepinephrine achieves the same results as sympathetic stimulation – the "fight-or-flight" responses: increased the heart rate, rapid respiration, dilation of the pupils, etc.

13 Adrenal Cortex Adrenal Cortex Hormones: ◦ provide a long-term response to stress ◦ secretes small amounts of both male and female sex hormones ◦ promote skeletal growth in adolescents ◦ male hormones from the adrenal gland stimulate the growth of axillary and pubic hair at puberty ◦ help sustain sex drive, or libido, in both men and women 2 major types: ◦ Mineralocorticoids ◦ Glucocorticoids Mineralocorticoids: regulate salt and water balance, leading to increases in blood volume and blood pressure ◦ Aldosterone is the most important ◦ It also primarily targets the kidney where it promotes renal absorption of sodium and water, and renal excretion of potassium ◦ Secretion of mineralocorticoids from the adrenal cortex is influenced by ACTH (adrenocorticotrpic hormone of corticotropin) from the pituitary gland

14 Adrenal Cortex Cont. Glucocorticoids: regulate carbohydrate, protein, and fat metabolism, leading to an increase in blood glucose level Cortisol: produced by the adrenal cortex, counteracts inflammatory response that leads to pain and swelling of joints in arthritis and bursitis Cortisone: medication often administered for inflammation of joints, and other glucocorticoids can relieve swelling and pain from inflammation Addison Disease: level of adrenal cortex hormone is low due to hyposecretion Cushing's Syndrome: level of adrenal cortex hormone is high due to hypersecretion

15 Pancreas Pancreas: long organ that lies transversely in the abdomen between the kidneys and near the duodenum of the small intestine Composed of two types of tissue: ◦ Exocrine ◦ Endocrine Endocrine Tissue: pancreatic islets, produces and secretes the hormones insulin and glucagon directly into the blood Exocrine Tissue: produces and secretes digestive juices that go by way of ducts to the small intestine Insulin and Glucagon: antagonistic hormones, both produced by the pancreas, help maintain the normal level of glucose in the blood Insulin: secreted when the blood glucose level is high, stimulates the uptake of glucose by most body cells, not necessary for the transport of glucose into brain or red blood cells, but muscle cells and adipose tissue cells require insulin for glucose transport Glucagon: secreted from the pancreas, when the blood glucose level is low; the major target tissues of glucagon are the liver and adipose tissue, stimulates the liver to break down glycogen to glucose and to use fat and protein in preference to glucose as energy sources

16 Pancreas Cont. Diabetes Mellitus: fairly common hormonal disease in which insulin- sensitive body cells are unable to take up and/or metabolize glucose Hyperglycemia: the blood glucose level is elevated; symptoms include perspiration, pale skin, shallow breathing, and anxiety Polyphagia: person becomes extremely hungry Insulin-dependent Diabetes Mellitus (IDDM), Type 1: pancreas does not produce insulin, condition is believed to be brought on by exposure to an environmental agent, causes immune cells to destroy the pancreatic islets Hypoglycemia: either an overdose of insulin or missing a meal can bring on the symptoms of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), symptoms include perspiration, pale skin, shallow breathing, and anxiety Noninsulin-dependent Diabetes Mellitus (NIIDM), Type 2: usually occurs in people of any age who tend to be obese, amount of insulin in the blood of these patients is normal or elevated but the insulin receptors on the cells do not respond

17 Other Endocrine Glands There are several other glands in the Endocrine System that also produce hormones Include: ◦ Gonads (ovaries in females, testes in males) ◦ Thymus Gland (lesser-known) ◦ Pineal Gland (lesser-known) Few tissues within organs produce hormones or growth factors Gonadotropic Hormone: stimulate the gonads to produce gametes and sex hormones

18 Ovaries and Testes Hypothalamus and the Pituitary Gland control hormonal secretions of these organs Testes: located in scrotum ◦ Produce androgens (like testosterone) which are the male sex hormones Ovaries: located in pelvis cavity ◦ Produce estrogen/progesterone which are the female sex hormones

19 Thymus and Pineal Glands Thymus Gland: lies beneath sternum, most active/largest during childhood Lymphocytes: white blood cells which originate in the bone marrow and are responsible for certain defenses against specific invaders Thymus-derived Lymphocytes (T-lymphocytes): what lymphocytes are transformed into once they pass complete development in the thymus Thymosins: hormones that epithelial cells secrete that line the lobules of the thymus Pineal Gland: located in brain, produces hormone known as melatonin – primarily at night Melatonin: involved in our daily sleep-wake cycle; also regulates sexual development

20 Growth Factors Numerous types of organs and cells produce peptide growth factors (stimulate cell division and mitosis) Granulocyte and Macrophage Colony-Stimulating Factor (GM-CSF): causes bone marrow stem cells to form granulocyte or macrophage cells which are forms of white blood cells/leukocytes Platelet-Derived Growth Factor: released from platelets and form several other cell types; helps in wound healing Epidermal Growth Factor and Nerve Growth Factor: important in wound healing Tumor Angiogenesis Factor: stimulates creation of capillary networks, released by tumor cells

21 Homeostasis The Endocrine Systems works together with the Nervous System in order to maintain homeostasis The Endocrine System helps regulate:  digestion  fuel metabolism  blood pressure and volume  calcium balance  response to the external environment

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24 Chemical Signals Chemical Signals: molecules that affect behavior of cells that have receptor proteins to receive them Prostaglandins: potent chemical signals produced within cells from arachidonate (which is a fatty acid) ◦ Local messenger chemicals that individual body cells produce ◦ Not distributed in blood, act closely to where they were produced – locally

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26 Effects of Aging Thyroid disorders/Diabetes: most significant endocrine problems that affect our health and function as we age Grave’s Disease: autoimmune disease that targets thyroid, symptoms of cardiovascular disease/increased body temperature/fatigue Hypothyroidism/Hyperthyroidism: both seen in the elderly ◦ Hypothyroidism (Myxedema) can fail to be diagnosed since symptoms are confused with aging

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