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Endocrine system

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Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology
WCR
Endocrine System: Overview
• Acts with the nervous system
to coordinate and integrate
the activity of body cells
• Influences metabolic activities
by means of hormones
transported in the blood
• Responses occur more
slowly but tend to last longer
than those of the nervous
system
• Endocrinology
• Study of hormones and
endocrine organs
• Controls and integrates
• Reproduction
• Growth and development
• Maintenance of
electrolyte, water, and
nutrient balance of blood
• Regulation of cellular
metabolism and energy
balance
• Mobilization of body
defenses
Pineal gland
Hypothalamus
Pituitary gland
Thyroid gland
Parathyroid glands
(on dorsal aspect
of thyroid gland)
Thymus
Other tissues and
organs that
produce hormones:
adipose cells,
thymus, cells in
walls of the small
intestine, stomach,
kidneys, heart
Adrenal glands
Pancreas
Ovary (female)
Testis (male)
Figure 16.1
Chemical Messengers
• Hormones: long-distance chemical signals
that travel in the blood or lymph
• Autocrines: chemicals that exert effects on
the same cells that secrete them
• Paracrines: locally acting chemicals that
affect cells other than those that secrete them
• Autocrines and paracrines are local chemical
messengers and will not be considered part of
the endocrine system
Mechanisms of Hormone Action
• Hormone action on target cells may be to
•
Alter plasma membrane permeability of
membrane potential by opening or closing
ion channels
•
Stimulate synthesis of proteins or regulatory
molecules
•
Activate or deactivate enzyme systems
•
Induce secretory activity
•
Stimulate mitosis
Chemistry of Hormones
• Two main classes
1. Amino acid-based hormones
• Amino acid derivatives, peptides, and
proteins
2. Steroids
• Synthesized from cholesterol
• Gonadal and adrenocortical hormones
1. Water-soluble hormones (all amino acid–based
•
Extracellular fluid
Two mechanisms, depending on their chemical
nature
Hormone (1st messenger)
binds receptor.
G protein (GS)
1. Water-soluble hormones (all amino acid–based
hormones except thyroid hormone)
Receptor
•
Cannot enter the target cells
•
Act on plasma membrane receptors
•
Coupled by G proteins to intracellular second
messengers that mediate the target cell’s
response
Cytoplasm
Cannot enter the target
cells. Act on plasma
membrane receptors.
Coupled by G proteins to
intracellular second
messengers that mediate
the target cell’s response
2. Lipid-soluble hormones (steroid/thyroid hormones)
Steroid
hormone
Extracellular fluid
Cytoplasm
Receptor
protein
Nucleus
Plasma
membrane
The steroid hormone
diffuses through the plasma
membrane and binds an
intracellular receptor that
directly activates genes.
Receptorhormone
complex
Plasma Membrane Receptors and SecondMessenger Systems - cAMP
1 Hormone (1st messenger)
binds receptor.
Adenylate cyclase
Extracellular fluid
G protein (GS)
5 cAMP acti-
vates protein
kinases.
Receptor
GDP
Hormones that
act via cAMP
mechanisms:
Epinephrine
ACTH
FSH
LH
Glucagon
PTH
TSH
Calcitonin
2 Receptor
activates G
protein (GS).
3 G protein
activates
adenylate
cyclase.
4 Adenylate
cyclase
converts ATP
to cAMP (2nd
messenger).
Active
protein
kinase
Triggers responses of
target cell (activates
enzymes, stimulates
cellular secretion,
opens ion channel,
etc.)
Cytoplasm
Inactive
protein kinase
Figure 16.2
Plasma Membrane Receptors and SecondMessenger Systems
• cAMP signaling mechanism
• Activated kinases phosphorylate various
proteins, activating some and inactivating
others
• cAMP is rapidly degraded by the enzyme
phosphodiesterase
• Intracellular enzymatic cascades have a huge
amplification effect
Plasma Membrane Receptors and SecondMessenger Systems
• PIP2-calcium signaling mechanism
PIP2 – phosphatidyl inositol bisphosphate
•DAG activates protein kinases;
IP3 triggers release of Ca2+
•Ca2+ alters enzymes or
channels or binds to the
regulatory protein calmodulin
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Other Signaling Mechanisms
• Cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) is
second messenger for some hormones
• Some work without second messengers
• E.g., insulin receptor is tyrosine kinase
enzyme that autophosphorylates upon insulin
binding  docking for relay proteins that
trigger cell responses
Intracellular Receptors and Direct Gene Activation
Steroid
hormone
Plasma
membrane
Extracellular fluid
1 The steroid hormone
diffuses through the plasma
membrane and binds an
intracellular receptor.
Cytoplasm
Receptor
protein
Receptorhormone
complex
2 The receptor-
Nucleus
Hormone
response
elements
DNA
mRNA
hormone complex enters
the nucleus.
3 The receptor- hormone
complex binds a hormone
response element (a
specific DNA sequence).
4 Binding initiates
transcription of the
gene to mRNA.
5 The mRNA directs
protein synthesis.
New protein
Figure 16.3, step 5
Target Cell Specificity
• Target cells must have specific receptors to
which the hormone binds
• ACTH receptors are only found on certain cells
of the adrenal cortex
• Thyroxin receptors are found on nearly all cells
of the body
Target Cell Activation
• Target cell activation
depends on three factors
1. Blood levels of the
hormone
2. Relative number of
receptors on or in the
target cell
3. Affinity of binding
between receptor and
hormone
• Hormones influence the
number of their receptors
• Up-regulation—target
cells form more
receptors in response to
the hormone
• Down-regulation—
target cells lose
receptors in response to
the hormone
Hormones in the Blood
• Hormones circulate in the
blood either free or bound
• Steroids and thyroid
hormone are attached to
plasma proteins
• All others circulate
without carriers
• The concentration of a
circulating hormone reflects:
• Rate of release
• Speed of inactivation and
removal from the body
• Hormones are removed from
the blood by
• Degrading enzymes
• Kidneys
• Liver
Half-life—the time required
for a hormone’s blood
level to decrease by half
Interaction of Hormones at Target Cells
• Multiple hormones may interact in several
ways
• Permissiveness: one hormone cannot exert its
effects without another hormone being present
• Synergism: more than one hormone produces
the same effects on a target cell
• Antagonism: one or more hormones opposes
the action of another hormone
Control of Hormone Release
• Blood levels of hormones
• Are controlled by negative feedback systems
• Vary only within a narrow desirable range
• Hormones are synthesized and released in
response to
1. Humoral stimuli
2. Neural stimuli
3. Hormonal stimuli
Humoral Stimuli
• Changing blood levels of ions and nutrients
directly stimulates secretion of hormones
• Examples:
Humoral Stimuli
(a) Humoral Stimulus
1 Capillary blood contains
•Declining blood Ca2+
concentration stimulates
the parathyroid glands to
secrete PTH (parathyroid
hormone)
low concentration of Ca2+,
which stimulates…
Capillary (low
Ca2+ in blood)
Thyroid gland
Parathyroid (posterior view)
glands
•PTH causes Ca2+
concentrations to rise
and the stimulus is
removed
PTH
Parathyroid
glands
2 …secretion of
parathyroid hormone (PTH)
by parathyroid glands*
Figure 16.4a
Neural Stimuli
(b) Neural Stimulus
1 Preganglionic sympathetic
• Nerve fibers stimulate
hormone release
• Sympathetic nervous
system fibers
stimulate the adrenal
medulla to secrete
catecholamines
fibers stimulate adrenal
medulla cells…
CNS (spinal cord)
Preganglionic
sympathetic
fibers
Medulla of
adrenal
gland
Capillary
2 …to secrete catechola-
mines (epinephrine and
norepinephrine)
Figure 16.4b
Hormonal Stimuli
• Hormones stimulate other
endocrine organs to release their
hormones
• Hypothalamic hormones
stimulate the release of most
anterior pituitary hormones
• Anterior pituitary hormones
stimulate targets to secrete
still more hormones
• Hypothalamic-pituitary-target
endocrine organ feedback
loop: hormones from the final
target organs inhibit the
release of the anterior
pituitary hormones
(c) Hormonal Stimulus
1 The hypothalamus secretes
hormones that…
Hypothalamus
2 …stimulate
the anterior
pituitary gland
to secrete
hormones
that…
Thyroid
gland
Adrenal
cortex
Pituitary
gland
Gonad
(Testis)
3 …stimulate other endocrine
glands to secrete hormones
Figure 16.4c
Nervous System Modulation
• The nervous system modifies the stimulation
of endocrine glands and their negative
feedback mechanisms
• Example: Stress causes co-activation of
hypothalamic neurons and sympathetic
division of autonomic nervous system
• As a result, body glucose levels rise
The Pituitary Gland and Hypothalamus
• “Master gland”, hypophysis,
600 mg (!)
• In hypophyseal fossa, above
sella turcica of sphenoid bone
• Posterior pituitary
(neurohypophysis)
• Anterior pituitary
(adenohypophysis)
Pituitary-Hypothalamic Relationships
• Posterior lobe (neurohypophysis)
• A downgrowth of hypothalamic neural tissue
• Neural connection to the hypothalamus
(hypothalamic-hypophyseal tract)
• Nuclei of the hypothalamus synthesize the
neurohormones oxytocin and antidiuretic
hormone (ADH)
• Neurohormones are transported to the
posterior pituitary
Paraventricular nucleus
Hypothalamus
Posterior lobe
of pituitary
Optic
chiasma
Infundibulum
(connecting stalk)
Hypothalamichypophyseal
tract
Supraoptic
nucleus
Inferior
hypophyseal
artery
Axon terminals
1 Hypothalamic neurons
synthesize oxytocin or
antidiuretic hormone (ADH).
2 Oxytocin and ADH are
transported down the axons of the
hypothalamic- hypophyseal tract to
the posterior pituitary.
3 Oxytocin and ADH are
stored in axon terminals in the
posterior pituitary.
Posterior lobe
of pituitary
Oxytocin
ADH
4
When hypothalamic neurons fire,
action potentials arriving at the
axon terminals cause oxytocin or
ADH to be released into the blood.
Pituitary-Hypothalamic Relationships
• Anterior Lobe (adenohypophysis):
• Originates as an out-pocketing of the oral mucosa
• Hypophyseal portal system
• Primary capillary plexus
• Hypophyseal portal veins
• Secondary capillary plexus
• Carries releasing and inhibiting hormones to the
anterior pituitary to regulate hormone secretion
Hypothalamus
Anterior lobe
of pituitary
Superior
hypophyseal
artery
2 Hypothalamic hormones travel
through portal veins to the anterior
pituitary where
they stimulate or inhibit
release of hormones made in the
anterior pituitary.
3 In response to releasing
hormones, the anterior pituitary
secretes hormones into the
secondary capillary plexus. This
in turn empties into the general
circulation.
GH, TSH, ACTH,
FSH, LH, PRL
Anterior lobe
of pituitary
Hypothalamic
neurons synthesize
GHRH, GHIH, TRH,
CRH, GnRH, PIH.
1 When appropriately stimulated,
hypothalamic neurons secrete
releasing or inhibiting hormones into
the primary capillary plexus.
Hypophyseal
portal system
• Primary capillary
plexus
• Hypophyseal
portal veins
• Secondary
capillary plexus
A portal
system is
two
capillary
plexuses
(beds)
connected
by veins.
Notes on hypothalamic-pituitary axis:
• Older books show PRF=prolactin releasing factor
released from hypothalamus and acting to stimulate
PRL release from ant pit. But there is not good
evidence for PRF in humans.
• PIF=dopamine.
• ADH=vasopressin.
• ADH & oxytocin both nonapeptides; same aa’s at 7
of 9 positions.
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Anterior Pituitary Hormones
• Growth hormone (GH)
• All are proteins
• Thyroid-stimulating hormone
(TSH) or thyrotropin
• All except GH activate
cyclic AMP secondmessenger systems at
their targets
• Adrenocorticotropic hormone
(ACTH)
• Follicle-stimulating hormone
(FSH)
• Luteinizing hormone (LH)
• Prolactin (PRL)
• TSH, ACTH, FSH, and
LH are all tropic
hormones (regulate the
secretory action of other
endocrine glands)
Growth Hormone (GH or Somatotropin)
Inhibits GHRH release
Stimulates GHIH
release
Inhibits GH synthesis
and release
Feedback
Anterior
pituitary
Hypothalamus
secretes growth
hormone—releasing
hormone (GHRH), and
somatostatin (GHIH)
Growth hormone
Direct actions
(metabolic,
anti-insulin)
Indirect actions
(growthpromoting)
Liver and
other tissues
Produce
Insulin-like growth
factors (IGF-1)
Effects
Effects
Skeletal
Extraskeletal
Fat
•Stimulates most
cells, but targets bone
and skeletal muscle
•Promotes protein
synthesis and
encourages use of
fats for fuel
•Most effects are
mediated indirectly by
insulin-like growth
factors (especially
IGF-1)
Carbohydrate
metabolism
Increases, stimulates
Increased cartilage
formation and
skeletal growth
Increased protein
synthesis, and
cell growth and
proliferation
Reduces, inhibits
Increased
fat breakdown
and release
Increased blood
glucose and other
anti-insulin effects
Initial stimulus
Physiological response
Result
Figure 16.6
Too much/ too little GH
GH excess in childhood leads to gigantism
GH excess in adulthood leads to acromegaly
GH deficiency in childhood leads to dwarfism
GH deficiency in adulthood leads to loss of muscle &
bone strength and sometimes cognitive and affective
changes.
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Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (Thyrotropin)
Hypothalamus
TRH
Anterior pituitary
TSH
Thyroid gland
Regulation:
• Stimulated by
thyrotropin-releasing
hormone (TRH)
• Inhibited by rising blood
levels of thyroid
hormones that act on the
pituitary and
hypothalamus
Thyroid
hormones
Target cells
Stimulates
Inhibits
Figure 16.7
Adrenocorticotropic Hormone
(Corticotropin)
• Secreted by corticotrophs of the anterior pituitary
• Stimulates the adrenal cortex to release
corticosteroids
• Regulation of ACTH release
• Triggered by hypothalamic corticotropin-releasing
hormone (CRH) in a daily rhythm
• Internal and external factors such as fever,
hypoglycemia, and stressors can alter the release
of CRH
Gonadotropins
• Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing
hormone (LH)
• Secreted by gonadotrophs of the anterior pituitary
• FSH stimulates gamete (egg or sperm) production
• LH promotes production of gonadal hormones
• Absent from the blood in prepubertal boys and girls
• Regulation of gonadotropin release
• Triggered by the gonadotropin-releasing hormone
(GnRH) during and after puberty
• Suppressed by gonadal hormones (feedback)
Prolactin (PRL)
• Secreted by lactotrophs of the anterior pituitary
• Stimulates milk production, slowly and long term
• Regulation of PRL release
• Primarily controlled by prolactin-inhibiting
hormone (PIH) (now known to be dopamine)
• Blood levels rise toward the end of pregnancy
• Suckling stimulates PRH release and promotes
continued milk production
Transsphenoidal resection
of pituitary mass via the
endonasal approach.
Adapted from Fahlbusch R: Endocrinol
Metab Clin 21:669, 1992. Fauci et al.,
Harrison's Principles of Internal
Medicine, 17th ed. from
www.accessmedicine.com.
“Hypogonadism Due to Pituicytoma in
an Identical Twin”
H. H. Newnham & L. M. Rivera-Woll
New Engl J Med 359: 2824, 2008
See here.
The Posterior Pituitary
• Contains axons of hypothalamic
neurons
• Stores antidiuretic hormone
(ADH) and oxytocin
• ADH and oxytocin are released
in response to nerve impulses
• Both use PIP-calcium secondmessenger mechanism at their
targets
Oxytocin
• Stimulates uterine contractions during
childbirth
• Also triggers milk ejection (“letdown” reflex) in
women producing milk
• Suckling stimulates oxytocin release: positive
feedback loop, with infant completing the loop
• Acts as a neurotransmitter in brain: the love
hormone
Antidiuretic Hormone (ADH, vasopressin)
Enhances water retention
Hypothalamic osmoreceptors respond to changes
in the solute concentration of the blood
When plasma osmolality is high (“salty blood”):
• Osmoreceptors transmit impulses to hypothalamic
neurons
• Hypothalamic neurons make & release more ADH
• ADH acts on kidneys to cause water retention
Homeostatic Imbalances of ADH
• ADH deficiency: diabetes insipidus. Huge
output of urine and intense thirst
• ADH hypersecretion (after neurosurgery,
trauma, or secreted by cancer cells)—
syndrome of inappropriate ADH secretion
(SIADH)
Case Study
History of Present Illness:
Lucia Sanchez is a 24 year-old woman who presented to her
physician with a chief complaint of urinary frequency (polyuria)
and excessive thirst (polydipsia). Her polyuria began abruptly
two weeks prior to her doctor's appointment. Prior to that time,
Lucia voided approximately five times per day. She estimated
that she was now voiding twenty times per day. Two days prior
to her visit to the doctor's office she was advised to collect her
urine in order to check its volume in a 24 hour period; her total
urine volume measured 12 liters. Lucia also noticed an
intense craving for ice water that began at about the same time
as her polyuria. If she did not have access to water, she would
become extremely thirsty and dizzy. She denied any change in
her appetite. She also denied the use of any medications.
Case Study
Case Study
Lucia was hospitalized and underwent an oral
dehydration test. She was denied any fluid intake, and
doctors carefully analyzed her vital signs and urine output
during this process. Because she had been advised to
drink a lot of water before coming to the hospital, her
initial supine and upright blood pressure were normal.
The analysis showed that Lucia was urinating at a rate of
approximately 500 cc's per hour; her urine specific gravity
remained at 1.001 even though she became dehydrated
to the point where she became orthostatic (her blood
pressure dropped when she changed from the supine to
the upright position).
Case Study
Diagnosis: Central diabetes insipidus
Lucia was given ADH which resulted in a marked decline
in her urine output from 500 cc/hour to 70 cc/hour. Nurses
administered IV fluids to correct her dehydration. Lucia
was discharged and instructed to take desmopressin
acetate, an oral form of ADH. This will mimic her
physiologic levels of ADH, and help her kidneys retain
water.
An overview of the relationships between hypothalamic and pituitary
hormones, and some effects of pituitary hormones on target tissues
Hypothalamus
Indirect Control through Release
of Regulatory Hormones
Thyrotropinreleasing
hormone
(TRH)
Corticotropinreleasing
hormone
(CRH)
Direct Release
of Hormones
Growth
hormonereleasing
hormone
(GH-RH)
Growth
hormoneinhibiting
hormone
(GH-IH)
Prolactinreleasing
factor
(PRF)
Prolactininhibiting
hormone
(PIH)
Gonadotropinreleasing
hormone
(GnRH)
Sensory
stimulation
Osmoreceptor
stimulation
Regulatory hormones are released into
the hypophyseal portal system for delivery
to the anterior lobe of the
pituitary gland.
Adrenal cortex
Anterior lobe of
pituitary gland
Posterior lobe
of pituitary gland
ADH
ACTH
Adrenal
glands
TSH GH
Liver
Thyroid
gland
Somatomedins
PRL LH
FSH
MSH
Males: Smooth
muscle in ductus
deferens and
prostate gland
Females: Uterine
smooth muscle and
mammary glands
Glucocorticoids
(steroid
hormones)
Bone, muscle,
other tissues
Thyroid
hormones
Kidneys
OXT
Mammary
glands
Ovaries
of female
Testes
of male
Inhibin Testosterone
Estrogen
Progesterone
Melanocytes (uncertain
significance in healthy
adults)
Inhibin
Thyroid Gland
Figure 16.8
Thyroid Hormone (TH)
• Actually two related
compounds
• T4 (thyroxine); has 2
tyrosine molecules + 4
bound iodine atoms
• T3 (triiodothyronine); has 2
tyrosines + 3 bound iodine
atoms
Affects virtually every cell in
body
• Major metabolic hormone
• Increases metabolic rate and
heat production (calorigenic
effect)
• Plays a role in
• Regulation of tissue
growth
• Development of skeletal
and nervous systems
• Reproductive capabilities
Thyroid follicle cells
Colloid
1 Thyroglobulin is synthesized and
discharged into the follicle lumen.
Tyrosines (part of thyroglobulin
molecule)
Capillary
4 Iodine is attached to tyrosine
in colloid, forming DIT and MIT.
Golgi
apparatus
Rough
ER
Iodine
3 Iodide
is oxidized
to iodine.
2 Iodide (I–) is trapped
(actively transported in).
Iodide (I–)
Lysosome
T4
T3
DIT (T2) MIT (T1)
Thyroglobulin
colloid
5 Iodinated tyrosines are
linked together to form T3
and T4.
T4
T3
T4
T3
6 Thyroglobulin colloid is
endocytosed and combined
with a lysosome.
7 Lysosomal enzymes cleave
T4 and T3 from thyroglobulin
colloid and hormones diffuse
into bloodstream.
Colloid in
lumen of
follicle
To peripheral tissues
Figure 16.9, step 7
Transport and Regulation of TH
• T4 and T3 are transported by thyroxine-binding
globulins (TBGs)
• Both bind to target receptors, but T3 is ten
times more active than T4
• Peripheral tissues convert T4 to T3
Regulation of TH
Hypothalamus
TRH
Anterior pituitary
TSH
Thyroid gland
Thyroid
hormones
Target cells
• Negative feedback
regulation of TH release
• Rising TH levels provide
negative feedback
inhibition on release of
TSH
• Hypothalamic
thyrotropin-releasing
hormone (TRH) can
overcome the negative
feedback during
pregnancy or exposure
to cold
Stimulates
Inhibits
Figure 16.7
Homeostatic Imbalances of TH
• Hyposecretion in adults—
myxedema; endemic goiter if
due to lack of iodine
• Hyposecretion in infants—
cretinism
• Hypersecretion—Graves’
disease
• Autoimmune disease: body
produces antibodies that
activate TH-secreting cells
by mimicking TSH
• Exophthalmos
Figure 16.10
Parathyroid Glands
• Four to eight tiny glands embedded in the
posterior aspect of the thyroid
• Contain oxyphil cells (function unknown) and
chief cells that secrete parathyroid hormone
(PTH) or parathormone
• PTH—most important hormone in Ca2+
homeostasis
Parathyroid Glands
Usually four (up to eight)
tiny glands embedded in the
posterior aspect of the
thyroid
Pharynx
(posterior
aspect)
Thyroid
gland
Parathyroid
glands
Chief
cells
(secrete
parathyroid
hormone)
Oxyphil
cells
Esophagus
Trachea
(a)
Capillary
(b)
Figure 16.11
Hypocalcemia
(low blood Ca2+)
PTH is most
important hormone for
calcium homeostasis
Increases blood
calcium levels 3
ways
PTH release from
parathyroid gland
Osteoclast activity
in bone causes Ca2+
and PO43- release
into blood
Ca2+ reabsorption
in kidney tubule
Activation of
vitamin D by kidney
Ca2+ absorption
from food in small
intestine
Ca2+ in blood
Initial stimulus
Physiological response
Result
Homeostatic Imbalances of PTH
• Hyperparathyroidism due to tumor
• Bones soften and deform
• Elevated Ca2+ depresses the nervous system
and contributes to formation of kidney stones
• Hypoparathyroidism following gland trauma
or removal
• Results in tetany, respiratory paralysis, and
death if untreated
Adrenal (Suprarenal) Glands
Capsule
Zona
glomerulosa
Adrenal gland
• Medulla
• Cortex
Cortex
• Paired, pyramid-shaped organs
atop the kidneys
Medulla
Kidney
Zona
• Structurally and functionally,
fasciculata
they are two glands in one
• Adrenal medulla—nervous
tissue; part of the sympathetic
Zona
nervous system reticularis
• Adrenal cortex—three layers
of glandular tissue that
synthesize and secrete
Adrenal
medulla
corticosteroids
(a) Drawing of the histology of the
adrenal cortex and a portion of
the adrenal medulla
Adrenal Cortex
Capsule
Zona
glomerulosa
mineralocorticoids
• Medulla
• Cortex
Cortex
Adrenal gland
Zona
fasciculata
glucocorticoids
Zona
reticularis
Kidney
Medulla
sex hormones,
or glucocorticoids
Adrenal
medulla
(a) Drawing of the histology of the
adrenal cortex and a portion of
the adrenal medulla
Figure 16.13a
Mineralocorticoids
• Regulate electrolytes (primarily Na+ and K+) in
ECF
• Importance of Na+: affects ECF volume, blood
volume, blood pressure, levels of other ions
• Importance of K+: sets RMP of cells
• Aldosterone is the most potent
mineralocorticoid
• Stimulates Na+ reabsorption and water
retention by the kidneys; elimination of K+
Mechanisms of Aldosterone Secretion
1. Renin-angiotensin mechanism: decreased blood
pressure stimulates kidneys to release renin,
triggers formation of angiotensin II, a potent
stimulator of aldosterone release
2. Plasma concentration of K+: Increased K+ directly
influences the zona glomerulosa cells to release
aldosterone
3. ACTH: causes small increases of aldosterone
during stress
4. Atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP): inhibits renin and
aldosterone secretion, to decrease blood pressure
Primary regulators
Blood volume
and/or blood
pressure
Other factors
K+ in blood
Stress
Blood pressure
and/or blood
volume
Hypothalamus
Kidney
Heart
CRH
Renin
Initiates
cascade
that
produces
Direct
stimulating
effect
Anterior
pituitary
Atrial natriuretic
peptide (ANP)
ACTH
Angiotensin II
Inhibitory
effect
Zona glomerulosa
of adrenal cortex
Enhanced
secretion
of aldosterone
Targets
kidney tubules
Absorption of Na+ and
water; increased K+ excretion
Blood volume
and/or blood pressure
Figure 16.14
• Aldosteronism—
hypersecretion due
to adrenal tumors
• Hypertension
and edema due
to excessive Na+
• Excretion of K+
leading to
abnormal
function of
neurons and
muscle
Glucocorticoids (Cortisol)
• Keep blood sugar levels
relatively constant
• Maintain blood pressure
by increasing the action
of vasoconstrictors
• Cortisol (hydrocortisone)
is the only significant
glucocorticoid in humans
• Released in response to
ACTH, patterns of eating
and activity, and stress
• Prime metabolic effect is
gluconeogenesis—
formation of glucose
from fats and proteins
• Promotes rises in blood
glucose, fatty acids, and
amino acids – saves
glucose for brain
Homeostatic Imbalances of Glucocorticoids
• Hypersecretion—Cushing’s syndrome
• Depresses cartilage and bone formation
• Inhibits inflammation
• Depresses the immune system
• Promotes changes in cardiovascular, neural, and
gastrointestinal function
• Hyposecretion—Addison’s disease
• Also involves deficits in mineralocorticoids
• Decrease in glucose and Na+ levels
• Weight loss, severe dehydration, and hypotension
Figure 16.15
Gonadocorticoids (Sex Hormones)
• Most are androgens (male sex hormones) that
are converted to testosterone in tissue cells or
estrogens in females
• May contribute to
• The onset of puberty
• The appearance of secondary sex
characteristics
• Sex drive
• Estrogens in postmenopausal women
Adrenal Medulla
• Chromaffin cells secrete
epinephrine (80%) and
norepinephrine (20%)
• These hormones cause
• Blood vessels to constrict
• Increased HR
• Blood glucose levels to
rise
• Blood to be diverted to
the brain, heart, and
skeletal muscle
• Epinephrine stimulates
metabolic activities,
bronchial dilation, and
blood flow to skeletal
muscles and the heart
• Norepinephrine influences
peripheral vasoconstriction
and blood pressure
Adrenal Medulla
• Hypersecretion
• Hyperglycemia, increased metabolic rate,
rapid heartbeat and palpitations, hypertension,
intense nervousness, sweating
• Hyposecretion
• Not problematic
• Adrenal catecholamines not essential to life
Short-term stress
More prolonged stress
Stress
Nerve impulses
Hypothalamus
CRH (corticotropinreleasing hormone)
Spinal cord
Corticotroph cells
of anterior pituitary
To target in blood
Preganglionic
sympathetic
fibers
Adrenal medulla
(secretes amino acidbased hormones)
Catecholamines
(epinephrine and
norepinephrine)
Short-term stress response
1. Increased heart rate
2. Increased blood pressure
3. Liver converts glycogen to glucose and releases
glucose to blood
4. Dilation of bronchioles
5. Changes in blood flow patterns leading to decreased
digestive system activity and reduced urine output
6. Increased metabolic rate
Adrenal cortex
(secretes steroid
hormones)
ACTH
Mineralocorticoids
Glucocorticoids
Long-term stress response
1. Retention of sodium
and water by kidneys
2. Increased blood volume
and blood pressure
1. Proteins and fats converted
to glucose or broken down
for energy
2. Increased blood glucose
3. Suppression of immune
system
Figure 16.16
Pineal Gland
• Small gland hanging from the roof of the third
ventricle
• Pinealocytes secrete melatonin, derived from
serotonin
• Melatonin may affect
• Timing of sexual maturation and puberty
• Day/night cycles
• Physiological processes that show rhythmic variations
(body temperature, sleep, appetite)
Pancreas
• Triangular gland behind the stomach
• Has both exocrine and endocrine cells
• Acinar cells (exocrine) produce an enzyme-rich juice
for digestion
• Pancreatic islets (islets of Langerhans) contain
endocrine cells
• Alpha () cells produce glucagon (a hyperglycemic
hormone)
• Beta () cells produce insulin (a hypoglycemic
hormone)
Glucagon and Insulin
• Effects of Glucagon
• Major target is the liver,
where it promotes
• Effects of insulin
• Lowers blood glucose
levels
• Glycogenolysis—
breakdown of glycogen
to glucose
• Enhances membrane
transport of glucose into
fat and muscle cells
• Gluconeogenesis—
synthesis of glucose
from lactic acid and
noncarbohydrates
• Inhibits glycogenolysis
and gluconeogenesis
• Release of glucose to
the blood
• Participates in neuronal
development and
learning and memory
Insulin Action on Cells
• Activates a tyrosine kinase enzyme receptor
• Cascade leads to increased glucose uptake
and enzymatic activities that
• Catalyze the oxidation of glucose for ATP
production
• Polymerize glucose to form glycogen
• Convert glucose to fat (particularly in adipose
tissue)
Stimulates glucose uptake by cells
Tissue cells
Insulin
Pancreas
Stimulates
glycogen
formation Glucose Glycogen
Blood
glucose
falls to
normal
range.
Liver
Stimulus
Blood
glucose level
Stimulus
Blood
glucose level
Blood
glucose
rises to
normal
range.
Pancreas
Liver
Glucose Glycogen
Stimulates
glycogen Glucagon
breakdown
Figure 16.18
Factors That Influence Insulin Release
• Elevated blood glucose levels – primary stimulus
• Rising blood levels of amino acids and fatty acids
• Release of acetylcholine by parasympathetic
nerve fibers
• Hormones glucagon, epinephrine, growth
hormone, thyroxine, glucocorticoids
• Somatostatin; sympathetic nervous system
Homeostatic Imbalances of Insulin
• Diabetes mellitus (DM)
• Due to hyposecretion or hypoactivity of insulin
• Three cardinal signs of DM
• Polyuria—huge urine output
• Polydipsia—excessive thirst
• Polyphagia—excessive hunger and food consumption
• Fats used for cellular fuel  lipidemia; if severe  ketones
(ketone bodies) from fatty acid metabolism  ketonuria and
ketoacidosis
• Untreated ketoacidosis  hyperpnea; disrupted heart activity and
O2 transport; depression of nervous system  coma and death
possible
• Hyperinsulinism:
• Excessive insulin secretion; results in hypoglycemia,
disorientation, unconsciousness
Table 16.4
Ovaries and Placenta
• Gonads produce steroid sex hormones
• Ovaries produce estrogens and progesterone
• Estrogen responsible for:
• Maturation of female reproductive organs
• Appearance of female secondary sexual
characteristics
• With progesterone causes breast development and
cyclic changes in the uterine mucosa
• The placenta secretes estrogens, progesterone, and
human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG)
Testes
• Testes produce testosterone that
• Initiates maturation of male reproductive
organs
• Causes appearance of male secondary sexual
characteristics and sex drive
• Is necessary for normal sperm production
• Maintains reproductive organs in their
functional state
Other Hormone-Producing Structures
• Heart
• Atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP)
reduces blood pressure, blood
volume, and blood Na+
concentration
• Gastrointestinal tract
enteroendocrine cells
• Gastrin stimulates release of HCl
• Secretin stimulates liver and
pancreas
• Cholecystokinin stimulates
pancreas, gallbladder, and
hepatopancreatic sphincter
Other Hormone-Producing Structures
• Kidneys
• Erythropoietin signals production of
red blood cells
• Renin (an enzyme) initiates the reninangiotensin mechanism
• Skin
• Cholecalciferol, precursor of vitamin D
• Adipose tissue
• Leptin is involved in appetite control,
and stimulates increased energy
expenditure
• Adiponectin – enhances sensitivity to
insulin