Lecture Notes

Lecture Notes - Chapter 56
Homework – Review Questions #1, 4-8
I. Chemical Messengers in Endocrine Control
The endocrine system is so named due to the fact that its components consist
mainly of ductless glands (endocrine glands). The chemicals secreted by these endocrine
glands are called hormones, and they are delivered to the cells they act upon via the
bloodstream. There are several categories of hormones, but the two major types are
peptide hormones and steroid hormones.
Peptide hormones Steroid hormones –
All remaining hormones are amino acid derivatives.
II. The Mechanisms of Hormone Action
A. Hormones that Enter Cells - a hormone must be lipid-soluble to diffuse
through the plasma membrane of a cell.
B. Hormones that Do Not Enter Cells –
III. The Major Endocrine Glands and Their Hormones
A. Posterior Pituitary Gland - derived embryologically from neural tissue.
Hormones secreted include:
1) Antidiuretic hormone (ADH) –
Disorder –
2) Oxytocin –
Both of these hormones are stored in the axon terminals of nerves whose
cell bodies are in the hypothalamus, where they are produced. When
stimulated, the hormones are released from the axon terminals into the
B. Anterior Pituitary Gland - derived embryologically from an epithelial pouch
which detaches from the oral cavity - Rathke’s pouch. Tropic hormones
secreted include:
1) Growth hormone (GH) –
2) Adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH) –
3) Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) –
4) Luteinizing hormone –
5) Follicle stimulating hormone –
6) Prolactin –
7) Melanocyte-stimulating hormone -
C. The Thyroid Gland - located anterior to the trachea just below the larynx - is
bilobed. Hormones include:
1) Thyroxine –
2) Calcitonin –
D. Parathyroid glands - 4 small glands on the posterior surface of the thyroid
gland (2 on each side). One hormone:
1) Parathyroid hormone (PTH) –
E. The Adrenal Glands: Two Glands in One Adrenal Medulla: Emergency Warning Siren - involved in ANS - releases
epinephrine and norepinephrine. Cause an increase of blood glucose, heartbeat,
blood flow.
Adrenal Cortex: Homeostasis of Glucose 1) Cortisol –
2) Aldosterone –
F. The Pancreas: Regulating Energy Balance - contains small clusters of cells
called islets of Langerhans, which secrete two key hormones related to blood
glucose levels:
1) Insulin –
2) Glucagon - peptide hormone - from alpha cells - promotes breakdown
of glycogen and fat to increase blood glucose levels when too low.