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1 Endocrine System The Importance of the Endocrine System

2 Introduction The trillions of cells of the body all interact with each other—no cell operates in isolation. Hormones are chemical regulators produced by cells in one part of the body that affect cells in another part of the body

3 Endocrine hormones Only small amounts of hormones are needed to affect the target organs Endocrine hormones are chemicals produced in glands and secreted directly into the blood The circulatory system carries these hormones to the various organs of the body.

4 Steroid and Protein Hormones How do hormones signal cells?

5 Steroid and Protein Hormones Specific hormones do not affect all cells. Cells may have receptors for one hormone but not another. The number of receptors found on individual cells also may vary. There are two types of hormones, which differ in chemical structure and action.

6 Steroid Hormones Made from cholesterol (a lipid compound) Includes male and female sex hormones and cortisol Steroid molecules are composed of complex rings of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen molecules and are not soluble in water but are soluble in fat.

7 Steroid Hormones Steroid hormones diffuse from the capillaries into the interstitial fluid and then into the target cells they combine with receptor molecules located in the cytoplasm

8 Steroid Hormones The hormone–receptor complex then moves into the nucleus and attaches to a specific site on the DNA The hormone activates a gene Ribosomes begin producing a specific protein


10 Protein Hormones Includes insulin and growth hormone These hormones contain chains of amino acids of varying length and are soluble in water

11 Protein Hormones Protein hormones combine with receptors on the cell membrane Some of the protein hormones form a hormone– receptor complex that activates the production of an enzyme called adenylyl cyclase.

12 Adenyly Cyclase The adenylyl cyclase causes the cell to convert ATP into cyclic AMP. The cyclic AMP functions as a messenger, activating enzymes in the cytoplasm to carry out their normal functions For example, when thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) attaches to the receptor sites in the thyroid gland, cyclic AMP is produced in thyroid cells. The cyclic AMP in the thyroid cell activates enzymes, which begin producing thyroxine, a hormone that regulates metabolism.


14 The Pituitary Gland: the Master Gland The pituitary gland exercises control over other endocrine glands. This small sac-like structure is connected by a stalk to the hypothalamus, the area of the brain associated with homeostasis

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16 Pituitary Gland The interaction between the nervous system and endocrine system is evident in this hypothalamus–pituitary complex The pituitary gland produces and stores hormones The hypothalamus stimulates the release of hormones by the pituitary gland by way of nerves.

17 Pituitary Gland The pituitary gland is actually composed of two separate lobes: the posterior lobe and the anterior lobe The posterior lobe of the pituitary stores and releases hormones such as antidiuretic hormone (ADH) and oxytocin, which have been produced by the hypothalamus

18 Pituitary Gland The hormones travel by way of specialized nerve cells from the hypothalamus to the pituitary The pituitary gland stores the hormones, releasing them into the blood when necessary

19 Pituitary Gland The anterior lobe of the pituitary produces its own hormones Like the posterior lobe, the anterior lobe is richly supplied with nerves from the hypothalamus The hypothalamus regulates the release of hormones from the anterior pituitary

20 Pituitary Gland Most of the hormones produced by the hypothalamus activate specific cells in the pituitary, causing the release of pituitary hormones

21 Hormones of the Pituitary Various regulator hormones are stored in the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland. – Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) – Reproductive stimulating hormones – Growth-stimulating hormones – Prolactin – Adrenocorticotropic hormone




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