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What are the 3 classifications of hormones?

Peptide hormones
Amino acid derivatives


1) What are peptide hormones made up of?
2) How do they range in size?
3) How do peptide hormones transduce their signals?

1) Amino acids
2) can be small to fairly large
3) Peptide hormones are first messengers that bind to receptors extracellularly and trigger transmission of a second messenger signal


What are 3 examples of common second messengers?

cAMP, inositol triphosphate (IP3), calcium


How active are peptide hormones?

How long do their effects last?

How do peptide hormones reach their target cells?

Peptide hormones are fast acting

Their effects are short lived and constant stimulation is required for longer duration effects to be observed

They are polar so they travel freely in the blood stream to reach their target cells


Steroid hormones:
1) These are derived from? What benefit does this impart?
2) Where are these produced?
3) Where are receptors for these?
4) How do steroid hormones reach target tissue?
5) What change is brought about when steroid binds to receptor?

1) Cholesterol, they are nonpolar so they can cross cell membranes
2) produced in the gonads and adrenal cortex
3) intracellular or intranuclear
4) Via transport proteins, though hormone is inactive when attached to protein
5) Steroid-receptor complex undergoes conformational change, which allows direct binding to DNA by receptor and increased or decreased transcription of genes


Amino Acid Derivative Hormones
1) there are 4 important hormones to know in this category. What are they?
2) what is a direct hormone? What is a tropic hormone?

1) epinephrine, norepinephrine, thyroxine, triiodothyronine
2) direct hormones are secreted and then act directly on a target tissue

Tropic hormones are released and act on intermediary tissues to ultimately lead to the end effect. These usually originate in the brain.


What are some helpful endings of names of hormones that can be used to identify amino acid / peptide hormones from steroid hormones?

Peptide / AA end in -in -ine

Steroid hormones end in -ol, -oid, or -one


If hypothalamus secretes GnRH into the hypophyseal portal system, then _____ is secreted by the anterior pituitary.

FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) and LH (luteinizing hormone)

These act on gonads


If hypothalamus secretes GHRH (growth hormone releasing factor) into the hypophyseal portal system, then _____ is secreted by the anterior pituitary.

GH (growth hormone)


If hypothalamus secretes TRH (thyroid releasing factor) into the hypophyseal portal system, then _____ is secreted by the anterior pituitary.

TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone)

These act in thyroid


If hypothalamus secretes CRF (corticotropin releasing factor) into the hypophyseal portal system, then _____ is secreted by the anterior pituitary.

ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone)

Acts on adrenal cortex


The mnemonic FLAT PEG is used to remember the hormones secreted by the anterior pituitary. What do each of these letters represent and what is the difference between the FLAT and PEG?

L = LH

P = prolactin
E = endorphins
G = GH

FLAT hormones are tropic
PEG hormones are direct


What is the role of endorphins?

Reduce perception of pain


What does growth hormone do?

Promote growth of bone and muscle


How is GH related to gigantism and dwarfism?

In childhood, before the epiphyseal plates of the bones have finished developing, a heightened [GH] = gigantism and decreased = dwarfism


What is acromegaly? How is it related to GH?

Occurs in adults, affects bones in extremities, bones continue to grow in size in adulthood when it shouldn’t

Caused by increased levels of GH in adult


1) what is this?
2) Where is it secreted?
3) what does it do?

1) antidiuretic hormone
2) secreted by posterior pituitary in response to decreased blood volume or increased blood osmolality
3) ADH makes the collecting duct in the renal system more permeable to water so there is greater readsorption of water from filtrate in nephrons resulting in increased water in the blood


1) 3 effects of this hormone as relates to childbirth
2) type of feedback this is under?

1) contraction of uterine smooth muscle during childbirth, contraction of smooth breast muscle during breast feeding to eject milk, involved in binding behavior
2) positive


ADH are produced by the _____ and secreted by the _____.

Hypothalamus, posterior pituitary


What are the 2 major functions of the thyroid?

1) set nasal metabolic rate
2) regulate calcium homeostasis


What are the 2 thyroid hormones responsible for setting basal metabolic rate?

1) triiodothyronine (T3 Where 3 represents # iodine ions)
2) thyroxine (T4)


How to triiodothyronine and thyroxine make alter the basal metabolic rate?

By making energy production more or less efficient and altering utilization of glucose / fatty acids



Deficiency in iodine or inflammation of thyroid causes this, results in insufficient secretion of thyroid hormones. Symptoms are lethargy, decreased body temp, weight gain, slowed heart / respiratory rate, cold intolerance.



May result from tumor or over stimulation of thyroid, heightened activity level, increase body temp, increased respiratory and heart rates, heat intolerance, weight loss


1) Where is it produced?
2) what does it do?
3) how? (3)
4) how is this hormone triggered?

1) in C-cells of thyroid
2) reduce levels of calcium in blood
3) a) increase calcium excretion from kidneys
b) decrease calcium adsorption from gut
c) increased storage of calcium in bones
4) by high levels of calcium in blood


Parathyroid hormone (PTH):
1) what is it’s function?
2) how does it accomplish its function (3)?

1) increase blood calcium levels
2) a) decrease excretion of calcium by kidneys
b) increase adsorption if calcium in gut
c) increase bone resportion


What is the relationship between PTH and vitamin D?

PTH activates vitamin D, required for adsorption of calcium and phosphate in the gut


What are the 3 classes of hormones secreted by the adrenal cortex?

1) glucocorticoids
2) mineralocorticoids
3) cortical sex hormones


1) In general, what is their function?
2) What are the names of 2 hormones in this group that are most likely to be seen on MCAT?
3) what is the mechanism by which these hormones accomplish their function?
4) In addition to their primary function, what other functions do these hormones perform?

1) Regulate glucose level
2) cortisol and cortisone
3) Raise blood glucose by increasing gluconeogenesis and decreasing protein synthesis
4) reduce inflammation and immunologic responses


1) what are the function of these hormones?
2) Where are these secreted?
3) what is the most important hormone in this group to know?

1) responsible for maintaining salt and water homeostasis
2) secreted from the adrenal cortex
3) aldosterone


Explain the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system.

Decreased BP causes juxtaglomerular cells in kidneys to secrete renin, which cleaves the inactive plasma protein angiotensin to its active form angiotensin I, which is then converted to angiotensin II by angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) in the lungs, angiotensin II stimulates adrenal cortex to secrete aldosterone, which increases the sodium and water resorbed by the blood. This increases blood volume (no change on osmolarity) and this increases BP. Increased BP exerts negative feedback renin to prevent further aldosterone being secreted.


Mnemonic to remember functions of 3 corticosteroids? SSS



What 2 hormones are secreted by the adrenal medulla?

Epinephrine and norepinephrine


What are the main endocrine cells of the pancreas?

How are these cells sub-divided?

Islets of Langerhans

Alpha cells (secrete glucagon)
Beta cells (secrete insulin)
Delta cells (secrete somatostatin)


1) when is glucagon secreted?
2) what does this hormone do?

1) during times of fasting when blood plasma levels of glucose are low
2) stimulates degradation of protein and fat, converts glycogen stores to glucose and promotes gluconeogenesis


1) when is this hormone secreted?
2) what does this hormone do?

1) when blood glucose is high
2) induced muscle and liver cells go uptake glucose and store as glycogen, stimulates fat and protein synthesis



When excess insulin is produced, cells take up more glucose than would otherwise resulting in low blood glucose levels



Excess glucose in the blood


Diabetes mellitus:
1) what is type I?
2) what is type II?
3) what are 2 common symptoms of diabetics?
4) what effect does excess blood glucose have on the kidneys?

1) type I diabetes is caused by autoimmune destruction of beta islet cells, type I diabetics are insulin dependent to combat hyperglycemia
2) type II diabetes is caused by receptor level resistance to insulin
3) increases thirst (polydipsia) and increased frequency of urination (polyuria)
4) excessive glucose in the filtrate overwhelms kidney’s ability to reabsorb glucose resulting in glucose being present in the urine


What is somatostatin?

What stimulates its secretion?

Inhibitor of both insulin and glucagon

Stimulates by high blood glucose and amino acid concentrations