Endocrine System - Human Physiology - Lecture Notes, Study notes for Human Physiology. All India Institute of Medical Sciences
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Endocrine System - Human Physiology - Lecture Notes, Study notes for Human Physiology. All India Institute of Medical Sciences

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An Introduction to Neurophysiology

Endocrine System 1 A. Overview

endocrine gland - secretes hormones; no ducts hormone - chemical messenger, carried in blood,

affects target cells (i.e.,cells that have receptors for the hormone) receptor - binds to hormone, required for response to the hormone

1. Comparison of Communication Systems Nervous System Endocrine System fast response slow response short duration longer duration secretes neurotransmitters secretes hormones specific, localized effects widespread effects

2. Classes of Chemical Signal Molecules neurotransmitters - affect a specific cell (the postsynaptic cell) at a synapse hormones - affect target cells throughout the body neurohormones - hormones secreted by neurons paracrine substances (e.g., prostaglandins) - exert local effects on neighboring cells

B. Chemical Classification of Hormones 1. Lipophilic (lipid-soluble)

e.g., steroid hormones, thyroid hormones, eicosanoids - cross the plasma membrane - bind to intracellular (cytoplasmic) receptors

2. Lipophobic (water-soluble) e.g., epinephrine, insulin, antidiuretic hormone - do not cross plasma membrane - bind to receptors on the PM

C. Cellular Mechanisms of Hormone Action 1. Lipophilic Hormones

- hormone binds to cytoplasmic receptor intracellular hormone-receptor complex → binds to DNA, acts as transcription factor → regulates (↑ or ↓) transcription of specific genes → mRNA → protein synthesis → metabolic and developmental effects

2. Lipophobic (water-soluble) Hormones - hormone binds to membrane receptor hormone-receptor binding activates a signal transduction pathway → activates enzymes within the cell → mostly metabolic effects

a. Enzyme-linked Receptors (e.g., insulin receptor - tyrosine kinase) b. G Protein-Coupled Receptors

3. Second Messenger Systems a. Cyclic AMP Second Messenger System

(e.g., epinephrine: β-adrenergic receptors) 1. Hormone binds to receptor 2. G protein associated with receptor is activated 3. Activated G protein activates adenylyl cyclase in the plasma membrane 4. Adenylyl cyclase converts ATP to cyclic AMP (cAMP) 5. Cyclic AMP acts as a second messenger, activates protein kinase enzymes in the cell 6. Protein kinase activates other enzymes via phosphorylation → amplification of cellular response


b. Phospholipase-C (DAG-IP3) Second Messenger System (e.g., norepinephrine: α-adrenergic receptors) - G-protein coupled receptor - activation of G protein activates Phospholipase C enzyme in the cell membrane - phospholipase C cleaves a membrane phospholipid - forms 2 second messengers: diacylglycerol (DAG)

inositol triphosphate (IP3)

D. Stimulation of Hormone Secretion 1. neural - by neurons that synapse on endocrine cells 2. humoral - by substances in the blood or interstitial fluid 3. hormonal - by other hormones

E. Responsiveness to Hormones 1. Concentration of hormone in the blood

rate of secretion vs. rate of degradation (half-life) 2. Abundance of receptors

a. up-regulation b. down-regulation

3. Influence of other hormones a. synergistic effects b. permissive effects c. antagonistic effects


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