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Title: Topics to Review

Topics to Review
  • Homeostasis
  • Cell membrane structure
  • Cell membrane proteins
  • Synthesis and Exocytosis of secreted proteins
  • Transcription and Translation
  • Transmembrane transport
  • Membrane potential

Cellular Communication
The bodys 100 trillion cells need to communicate
in a manner that is rapid and conveys a
tremendous amount of information and occurs by 2
types of physiological signals
  • Chemicals
  • molecules that are secreted from cells into the
    extracellular fluid
  • Electrical
  • changes in the membrane potential of a cell
  • The cells that receive the chemical or electrical
    signal are called target cells

Methods of Cellular Communication
  • Gap junctions
  • direct cytoplasmic transport of electrical (ions)
    and or chemical signals between adjacent cells
  • Contact-dependent signals
  • cell surface molecules on the cell membrane of
    one cell attach to cell surface molecules on the
    cell membrane of an adjacent cell
  • Local communication
  • chemical signals that are released into the
    extracellular fluid from one cell diffuses a
    short distance to regulate itself and or a
    neighboring cell (autocrine and paracrine)

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  • Long distance communication

-chemical signals (hormones) transported via
the circulatory system (endocrine and
  • electrical signals (action potentials) carried
    along axons of nerve cells (nervous) which result
    in the secretion of neurotransmitters

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  • Hormones are secreted from
  • the glands of the endocrine system
  • see figure
  • some organs
  • heart, kidneys, stomach, skin, liver, ovaries and

Control of Hormone Secretion (Release)
The hypersecretion or hyposecretion of a hormone
from a gland leads to too high or inadequate
levels of circulating hormone leading to
pathological conditions
  • Following a particular stimulus, the gland can
    increase or decrease the rate of secretion
  • Circulating (blood) levels of hormones are not
    permitted to get too high because they are
    controlled by 2 separate negative feedback loops

-activity of the target returns variable to the
set point
  • circulating hormones decrease further secretion
    from the gland of origin

  • endocrine cells have protein receptors to the
    hormones that they secrete and hormone secretion
    is decreased when these receptors are bound by a
    hormone (autocrine)

hormone secretion inhibits additional secretion
variable returns to set point inhibits additional
Endocrine Gland or Organ
Target Cell
Changes its activity
Stimuli that Alter Hormone Secretion
  • Hormone secretion rates from glands can be
    altered in response to
  • humeral stimuli
  • changes in levels of substances in blood
  • glucose, K, CO2, pH
  • neural stimuli
  • neurotransmitters exocytosed onto a gland by a
  • hormonal stimuli
  • hormones secreted from one gland or organ will
    stimulate another gland or organ to secrete a

Neurotransmitter vs Hormonal Control
  • The responses to neurotransmitters are
  • very rapid
  • action potentials travel at speeds up to 270 mph
  • response occurs within 0.005 sec. after secretion
  • very short lived (simple reflex)
  • neurotransmitters are either rapidly hydrolyzed
    in the synaptic cleft or are endocytosed out of
    the synaptic cleft back into the neuron
  • The responses to hormones are
  • slow
  • distribution by blood can take seconds to minutes
  • Responses at target can take minutes to hours
    before it can be measured

  • long lasting
  • hormones can stay in the blood for minutes to
    days continuously causing an effect on the target

Nervous System vs Endocrine System Reflexes
Signaling Chemicals
  • The amount signaling chemicals that are released
    from cells reflects the amount of response
    required to maintain homeostasis
  • The amount of chemical messenger released is
    directly proportional to the extent of a
    homeostatic imbalance
  • The magnitude of the response of a target cell to
    a signaling chemical depends largely on the
    amount of chemical messenger that is at the
    target cell
  • The greater the amount of chemical messenger at
    the target cell, the greater the response

Signal Molecules
  • Signaling chemicals that are released by cells
    are considered to be the first messengers because
    they are responsible for initiating a series of
    events that ultimately lead to a response
  • 2 distinct groups based on their chemistry and
    how they behave when they reach their target cells
  • Hydrophobic (non-polar) chemicals diffuse through
    the cell membrane and enter the cytoplasm of the
    target cell
  • steroid hormones
  • synthesized from cholesterol
  • names end in the suffix -one or -ol
  • Hydrophilic (polar) chemicals are unable to cross
    the cell membrane of the target cell and
    therefore affect the cell from its surface

  • peptide hormones (3 to over 200 amino acids)
  • monoamines (amino acid derivatives)

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Hormone Synthesis Steroid Hormones
  • synthesized from cholesterol in SER and diffuses
    out of the cell
  • differ in functional groups attached to 4-ringed
    steroid backbone

Hormone Synthesis Peptides
  • synthesized in RER as a prohormone
  • Golgi complex further modifies it into hormone
  • secreted out of cell by exocytosis

Receptor Proteins
  • In order for a chemical signal that is secreted
    from a cell into the extracellular fluid to
    create a response in a target cell, the target
    cell must possess a receptor protein to which the
    signal chemical binds
  • Receptor proteins are either located
  • on the surface of the cell membrane for
    hydrophilic signaling chemicals
  • in the cell for hydrophobic signaling chemicals
  • A single cell may have between 500 and 100,000
    receptor proteins which allow it to respond to a
    variety of signaling chemicals
  • If a cell does not have a receptor protein that
    recognizes a particular signaling chemical, the
    cell will have no response

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Down-Regulation of Receptor Proteins
-If the signaling chemical concentration is
abnormally high for a sustained period of time
creating too large of a response, the target cell
can bring the response back to normal by a
reduction of the receptors
  • Down-regulation is partially responsible for drug
    tolerance, where the response of a given dose
    decreases despite constant exposure
  • increasing doses are therefore required to elicit
    a constant response

Up-Regulation of Receptor Proteins
  • Up-regulation of protein receptors is the
    opposite whereby a decrease in the concentration
    of signaling chemical causes the target cell to
    increase the number of protein receptors to
    normalize the response

Hormone Transport in Blood
  • Peptides and monoamines mix easily with blood
  • Steroid hormones must bind to hormone binding
    proteins in the blood
  • the binding of a steroid hormone to the binding
    protein is reversible

-bound hormones are attached to a
binding protein and are moved through the
circulatory system
  • once unbound, the hormone exits the circulatory
    system to affect the target cell

Hormone Transport and Action on Target
Hormone Transport and Action on Target
-Both classes of chemicals will change the
activity of a target cell by changing the
activity of proteins in a cell (recall proteins
perform EVERY cellular function)
  • some proteins will be activated, some will be
    inactivated and some will be unaffected
  • the response of a target cell is very specific
  • Hydrophobic signaling molecules alter protein
    synthesis to increase or decrease the number of
    proteins in a target cell (slow response)
  • Hydrophilic signaling molecules change the
    activity of proteins that are currently in a
    target cell (fast response)
  • flipping a molecular switch ON or OFF

Hydrophobic Signal Molecules
  • Following the diffusion of these chemicals into
    the cytoplasm of a target cell they bind to a
    receptor protein located either in the cytoplasm
    or in the nucleus
  • The binding of the signaling chemical to the
    protein receptor initiates changes in the rate of
    transcription of genes in the target cell
  • This ultimately changes the number of proteins in
    the target cell thus altering its activity

Mechanism of Steroid Hormone Action
Hydrophilic Signal Molecules
  • Since these chemicals are unable to pass through
    the cell membrane, the receptor proteins for
    these molecules are integral (transmembrane)
    proteins with 3 distinct regions
  • an extracellular portion that binds to the
    signaling chemical
  • an intracellular portion that instructs the
    target cell how to respond to the signaling

-a membrane spanning portion that connects
the extracellular portion to the intracellular
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Hydrophilic Signal Molecules
  • Following the binding of the signaling chemical
    to the protein receptor, one of 2 events occur
  • if the protein receptor is a channel, the
    signaling chemical either opens or closes it
    which alters the membrane potential of the target
  • if the protein receptor is not a channel,
    information is transferred through the cell
    membrane of the target cell and then transformed
    into an intracellular response
  • this process is referred to as signal
  • a transducer is a device that converts a signal
    from one form into another

Signal Transduction
  • A biological transducer converts the message of
    an extracellular signaling chemical into
    intracellular messages which triggers a response
    in a cell
  • In biological systems the signal is not only
    transformed, but it is also amplified (made

-These pathways rely on cell membrane receptor
proteins and the production of intracellular
second messenger molecules that translate the
signal from the first messenger (eg. hormone)
into cellular responses
Signal Cascades
  • When a signaling chemical binds to the membrane
    protein receptor, the receptor initiates a series
    of responses beginning at the receptor and moving
    into the cell
  • The sequence of reactions begins with the
    conversion of an inactive molecule (A) into an
    active form
  • Activated A converts an inactive molecule (B)
    into active B which converts inactive C into
    active C and so on until at the final step, an
    intracellular substrate is converted into a

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G Proteins
  • GTP binding proteins, located on the cytoplasmic
    face of the membrane, link membrane protein
    receptors either to ion channels or to membrane
  • The binding of a signaling molecule to a membrane
    protein receptor activates a G protein which will
  • open an ion channel in the membrane
  • stimulate or inhibit an amplifier enzyme

Adenylyl cyclase and cyclic AMP (cAMP)
Phospholipase C and IP3 and DAG and Ca2
Amplifier Enzymes and Second Messengers
-Amplification enzymes synthesize second
messenger molecules during the process of signal
  • Second messengers are intracellular molecules
    that provide a means to influence the internal
    functioning of a cell by signaling chemicals
    (hormones) that cannot enter the cell
  • 2 key enzymes that synthesize 2nd messengers
  • adenylyl cyclase catalyzes the conversion of ATP
    into the second messenger cyclic AMP (cAMP)
  • phospholipase C catalyzes the conversion of a
    membrane phospholipid into 2 different 2nd
  • Diacylglycerol (DAG)
  • Inositol triphosphate (IP3)
  • in some signal cascades IP3 stimulates the
    release of calcium ions from the smooth ER into
    the cytoplasm acting as a third messenger

Protein Kinases
-Second messenger molecules activate protein
kinases which transfer a phosphate group (PO3-)
from ATP to a protein in a process called
  • The phosphorylation of proteins sets off a series
    of intracellular events that lead to the ultimate
    cellular response (conversion of substrates into

-This response is dependent on the type of
protein kinase (over 100 different types
discovered) that is activated and the proteins
that is (are) phosphorylated
  • metabolic enzymes
  • transport proteins
  • proteins that regulate gene transcription

Hypothalamus and Pituitary
  • The anatomically superior hypothalamus and the
    pituitary are located in the brain
  • the hypothalamus controls the secretion of
    hormones from the pituitary gland which in turn
    controls the secretion of hormones from other
    glands including the thyroid gland, adrenal
    glands and the gonads (ovaries/testes)

-The hypothalamus is composed of neurons which
secrete hormones into the bloodstream
  • The pituitary gland is divided into two halves
  • Anterior (adenohypophysis) is composed of
    glandular (epithelial) tissue

  • Posterior (neurohypophysis) is composed of
    collection of axons and axon termini whose cell
    bodies and dendrites are located in the

Hypothalamus and Pituitary (Hypophysis)
Hypothalamic Control of the Anterior Pituitary
  • The hypothalamus secretes releasing hormones
    which travel through a portal circulation and
    stimulate the secretion of anterior pituitary
  • Thyrotropic Releasing Hormone (TRH)
  • secreted when body temperature decreases and
    stimulates the secretion of Thyroid stimulating
    hormone (TSH) which targets the thyroid gland
  • Corticotropic Releasing Hormone (CRH)
  • secreted in times of stress and stimulates the
    secretion of Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH)
    which targets the adrenal glands
  • Gonadotropic Releasing Hormone (GnRH)
  • secreted when testosterone or estrogen levels are
    low and stimulates the secretion of Follicle
    stimulating hormone (FSH) Luteinizing hormone
    (LH) which targets the testes or ovaries

Hypothalamus and Anterior Pituitary
Control of Releasing and Stimulating Hormones
  • Hormones secreted from the thyroid gland, adrenal
    glands and gonads create a response in their
    respective targets
  • These hormones also target the hypothalamus,
    anterior pituitary and the gland of origin to
    INHIBIT additional secretion of the releasing
    hormone, stimulating hormone
  • This ensures that the amount of hormone that is
    secreted from each gland is just enough to create
    an appropriate change in the body
  • prevents hypersecretion

Other Hormones of the Anterior Pituitary
  • Growth hormone (GH)
  • A peptide hormone that stimulates the liver to
    secrete a class of hormones called insulin like
    growth factors (IGFs)

-IGFs targets skeletal muscle, bone and cartilage
and stimulate protein synthesis (growth)
  • IGFs also targets adipose tissue and stimulates
    lipolysis (fat breakdown) to encourage the body
    to use fats as an additional energy source for
  • Prolactin
  • stimulates milk production by the breasts

Posterior Pituitary
  • Secretes 2 neurohormones into circulation
    following stimulation of the hypothalamus
  • Antidiuretic hormone (ADH) or Vasopressin
  • secreted in response to
  • a decrease in body water content
  • decrease in blood pressure
  • an increase in extracellular solute concentration
  • targets the kidneys and causes a reduction in the
    volume of urine produced
  • retains body H2O
  • increases in blood pressure
  • decreases extracellular solute concentration
  • Hyposecretion results in diabetes insipidus
  • very high urine volume that contains no glucose

  • Oxytocin
  • stimulates the contraction of smooth muscle in
    the uterus and breasts during childbirth and

Hypothalamic Control of the Posterior Pituitary
Thyroid Gland
  • Largest pure endocrine gland
  • Covers the anterior and lateral sides of trachea

Thyroid Gland
  • The thyroid gland consists of thousands of
    follicles are spheres bordered by follicular
    cells (simple cuboidal epithelium) filled with
    colloid secrete the thyroid hormones
  • Parafollicular (C) cells are found between
    follicles secrete the hormone calcitonin

Thyroid Hormones
  • The thyroid hormones, T4 (thyroxine) and T3, are
    considered to be steroid-like hormones
  • are nonpolar
  • have intracellular receptors that influence gene

-Made from 2 nonpolar amino acids of tyrosine
bound to either 4 or 3 atoms of iodine
-Increase the metabolic rate by accelerating the
rate of cell respiration which produces a
significant amount of heat energy
  • Recall that the secretion is controlled by the
    hypothalamic and anterior pituitary hormones in
    response to a decrease in body temperature (BT)
  • ?BT ? TRH ? TSH ? thyroid hormone

Adrenal Glands
  • The adrenal glands (toward kidney) are
    pyramid-shaped glands on top of each kidney are
    structurally and functionally two glands in one
  • Adrenal cortex (outside)
  • epithelial tissue organized in 3 layers (zona)
  • Zona glomerulosa (superficial layer)
  • Zona fasciculata (middle layer)
  • Zona reticularis (deep layer)
  • Adrenal medulla (center of gland)
  • nervous tissue that is the hormonal branch of the
    sympathetic nervous system (fight/flight)

Adrenal Glands
Adrenal Cortex
-Secretes hormones called corticosteroids
-Different corticosteroids are produced in each
  • Zona glomerulosa
  • mineralocorticoids (mainly aldosterone)
  • control body levels of sodium and potassium
  • Zona fasciculata
  • glucocorticoids (mainly cortisol)
  • control blood levels of substrates for metabolism
    (glucose, fatty acids and amino acids)
  • Zona reticularis
  • gonadocorticoids (mainly androgens (male sex
    steroid hormones))
  • secreted at low levels in males and females and
    may attribute to the onset of puberty

Aldosterone (mineralocorticoid)
  • Is secreted in response to any of the following
  • an increase in blood K levels
  • a decrease in blood Na levels
  • a decrease in blood pressure
  • secretion of ACTH from the anterior pituitary
  • The target of aldosterone is the kidney
  • The kidneys respond to aldosterone by
  • increasing K urination (which decreases blood K
  • decreasing Na urination (which increases blood
    Na levels)
  • an increase in Na levels in the blood causes an
    increase in blood pressure

Cortisol (glucocorticoid)
  • Is secreted in response to long term stress
    (lasting days/weeks/months)
  • LTS ? CRH ? ACTH ? cortisol
  • Targets include
  • Liver causing gluconeogenesis
  • the enzymatic synthesis of glucose from
    non-carbohydrate molecules such as amino acids
    which is subsequently released of into the blood
    to be used by cells for the purpose of ATP

-Adipose causing lipolysis of triglycerides
into free fatty acids which are subsequently
released into the blood to be used by cells for
the purpose of ATP synthesis
Adrenal Medulla
  • A sympathetic condition (fight or flight)
    stimulates the sympathetic centers of the
    medulla oblongata which fires APs that propagate
    along sympathetic nerves that synapse with
    chromaffin cells (modified sympathetic neurons)
    of the adrenal medulla and secrete 2
    catecholamines into circulation
  • epinephrine (epi) (adrenaline)
  • norepinephrine (norepi) (noradrenaline)
  • Epinephrine and norepinephrine bind to adrenergic
    receptors on targets including
  • Liver stimulating the enzymatic hydrolysis of
    glycogen (glycogenolysis) into glucose in the
    liver which is subsequently released into the

-Adipose stimulates lipolysis to ? blood
fatty acids
  • Cardiovascular system which increases the heart
    rate, strength of the heart beat and blood
    pressure to send blood around the body more

Pineal Gland -posterior of third ventricle
-pinealocytes synthesize melatonin from
serotonin -secretion on diurnal cycle high at
night, low during daylight
Melatonin functions -play role in timing of
sexual maturation -antioxidant (free radical
protection) -sets circadian rhythms
Heart -some cells of atrial walls secrete Atrial
Natriuretic Peptides (ANP)in response to stretch
-ANP promotes Na and water loss at kidney,
inhibits release of renin, ADH, and aldosterone
to reduce BP and volume
Thymus -located deep to sternum -cells produce
thymosins -promote development and maturation of
T lymphocytes and the immune response
  • Gonads
  • Testes (male)
  • -Interstitial cells produce androgens in response
    to LH Testosterone (most common)
  • -produces male secondary sex characteristics
  • -promotes sperm production
  • -maintains secretory glands

B. Ovaries (female) -Follicle cells produce
estrogens in response to LH and FSH Estradiol
(most important) -produce female secondary sex
characteristics -support maturation of
oocytes -stimulate growth of uterine lining
-Surge in LH causes ovulation, follicle
reorganizes to form corpus luteum produces
estrogens and progestins Progesterone (most
important)-prepares uterus for embryo growth
-accelerates movement of oocyte/embryo to uterus
( the hormone of pregnancy)- produced in
ovaries -enlargement of mammary glands
Hormones affecting the breasts
Progesterone - causes maturation of breasts
Prolactin - causes production of milk
(hypothalmus). When Progesterone levels drop,
suckling causes stimulation. High level of this
hormone decreases Libido.
Oxytocin (pituitary) aides in milk being
squeezed out of breasts (milk letdown).
Stimultaes muscle cell in seconds of
suckling. Emotional influences also increase
Oxytocin. A crying Baby may stimulate milk
Common Disorders of the endocrine system
1. Pituitary Gland
a. Diseases of Growth Hormone
-Excess (usually due to pituitary tumor)
-before epiphyseal closure gigantism-after
acromegaly excessive growth of hands, feet,
face, internal organs
-Deficiency pituitary dwarfism failure to thrive
2. Thyroid Gland
  • Hypothyroidism lack of T3/T4
  • Myxedema (adults) lack of iodine, causes low
    body temp, muscle weakness, slow reflexes,
    cognitive dysfunction and goiter swollen thyroid

  • Excessive growth hormone before the growth plates
  • Good for basketball
  • Bad for horse racing.

  • To much GH usually after the growth plates have
  • Results in great wrestlers.

  • Hyposecretion of GH
  • May require GH replacement therapy

Cretinism (infants) genetic defect, causes lack
of skeletal and nervous system development
b. Hyperthyroidism excessive T3/T4, causes high
metabolic rate, high heart rate, restlessness,
c. Graves Disease autoimmune disorder, produce
antibodies that mimic TSH causing overproduction
of thyroid hormones
3. Adrenal Gland
a. Cushing s Syndrome excessive
corticosteriods (increase ACTH from pituitary
tumor), results in hyperglycemia, decrease
muscle and bone mass, hypertension,edema, poor
healing, chronic infections
b. Addisons Disease deficient in
corticosteriods, results in weight loss,
hypoglycemia, decrease Na increase K in
plasma,dehydration, hypotension
Endemic goiter
  • Goiter enlarged thyroid gland
  • results from dietary iodine deficiency.
  • Cant produce TH,
  • no feedback to Pituitary ? TSH
  • This causes hypertrophy of the thyroid gland.

Toxic goiter (Graves disease)
  • Antibodies mimic TSH causing ?d TH to be
  • Excessive Thyroxin levels
  • elevated metabolism
  • heart rate
  • weight loss
  • nervousness
  • exophthalmos (bulging eyes)
  • ANS induced sweating.

Cushing Disease
Cushing Disease
Addison's Disease
  • Results from a hyposecretion of ACTH or an
    autoimmune disease that damages the adrenals.
  • Results in decreased glucocorticoids and
    mineralocorticoid release.
  • Results in hypotension and hypoglycemia
  • Corticosteroid replacement therapy

4. Pancreas
a. Diabetes mellitus too much glucose in blood
Type I failure to produce insulin Type II
insulin resistance, sometimes insulin deficiency
Cells do not utilize glucose, ketone bodies
produced, too many ketoacidosis
5. Age Related Changes -very little change in
most hormone levels -adverse effects due to
changes in target tissues prevent reception or
response to hormone -gonads decrease in size and
hormone production
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