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Endocrine handouts for families
Your endocrine system works with your nervous system to control important bodily functions. The endocrine systems responsibilities include regulating growth, sexual development and function, metabolism and mood. Endocrine glands secrete hormones into the bloodstream. Hormones are considered chemical messengers, coordinating your body by transferring information from one set of cells to another.
Your endocrine system health can be affected by hormone imbalances resulting from impaired glands. A hormone imbalance can cause problems with bodily growth, sexual development, metabolism and other bodily functions. Endocrine system diseases or conditions include diabetes, growth disorders and osteoporosis.
Happiness Does Your Heart Good 1: Are ghrelin and leptin available as supplements? This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs. There are three main chemical categories of hormones: These hormones range in size from three amino acids thyrotropin-releasing hormone to considerably larger proteins with subunit structure eg, luteinizing hormone.
Embedded in the gene coding for protein structure are amino acid sequences signal peptides that communicate to the cell that these molecules are destined for the regulated secretory pathway. Other post-translational modifications may occur during processing, including folding, glycosylation, disulfide bond formation, and subunit assembly. The folded and processed hormone is then stored in secretory granules or vesicles in preparation for release by the exocytotic process.
Release of hormone is triggered by unique signals; eg, secretion of PTH is stimulated by a decline in the concentration of ionic or free calcium present in the extracellular fluid bathing the parathyroid chief cells.
These receptors are proteins and glycoproteins embedded in the cell membrane that traverse the membrane at least once so that the receptor is exposed to both the extracellular and intracellular environments. There are several classes or types of cell surface hormone receptors that translate the hormonal message to the cell interior by different means. Some are the G-protein guanosine coupled type, with seven transmembrane spanning domains. After hormone binding, these receptors activate a G-protein that is also located in the membrane.
One or more of the G-protein subunits affects other downstream molecules known as effectors such as enzymes eg, adenylate cyclase or phospholipase C or ion channels. Activation may result in production of a second messenger, such as cyclic AMP, that can then bind to protein kinase A, causing its activation and subsequent phosphorylation of other proteins.
Thus, signal transduction is a cascading and often amplifying series of events triggered when a hormone binds to its receptor. The ultimate effects in target cells are multiple and include such things as triggering secretion, increasing uptake of a molecule, or activating mitosis. Other receptors, such as the one for insulin, not only bind hormone but also act as enzymes, with the ability to phosphorylate tyrosine residues.
The phosphorylated tyrosines in turn serve as docking sites for downstream signaing proteins. In some cases, such as exposure to excessive amounts of hormone, receptor down-regulation can occur. Down-regulation and a decline in target tissue responsiveness may be due to internalization of receptors after ligand binding or to desensitization whereby the receptor is chemically modified and becomes less active.
Conversely, a lack of hormonal exposure can lead to an increase in receptor numbers on target cells up-regulation. Diseases have been linked to mutations in hormone receptors, which can result in inactivation or constitutive or nonhormonal activation of the pathway. In some instances, a single amino acid substitution is responsible. Steroid hormones are derivatives of cholesterol and include products of the adrenal cortex, ovaries, and testes as well as the related molecule, vitamin D.
When needed, they are rapidly synthesized from cholesterol by a series of enzymatic reactions. Most of the cholesterol needed for rapid steroid hormone synthesis is stored intracellularly in the tissue of origin. In response to appropriate signals, the precursor is moved to organelles mitochondria and smooth endoplasmic reticulum , where a series of enzymes eg, isomerases, dehydrogenases rapidly convert the molecule to the appropriate steroid hormone.
The identity of the final steroidal product is thus dictated by the set of enzymes expressed in that tissue. Steroid hormones are hydrophobic and pass through cell membranes easily.
In the blood, they are bound to a great extent to carrier proteins. Albumin binds many steroids fairly loosely; in addition, specific binding globulins exist for many steroid hormones. Most of the steroid hormone in circulation is bound to carrier proteins, and a small fraction circulates free or unbound.