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Hormones of the zona fasciculata

The intermediate region of the adrenal cortex is the zona fasciculata, named as such because the cells form small fascicles (bundles) separated by tiny blood vessels. The cells of the zona fasciculata produce hormones called glucocorticoids    because of their role in glucose metabolism. The most important of these is cortisol    , some of which the liver converts to cortisone. A glucocorticoid produced in much smaller amounts is corticosterone. In response to long-term stressors, the hypothalamus secretes CRH, which in turn triggers the release of ACTH by the anterior pituitary. ACTH triggers the release of the glucocorticoids. Their overall effect is to inhibit tissue building while stimulating the breakdown of stored nutrients to maintain adequate fuel supplies. In conditions of long-term stress, for example, cortisol promotes the catabolism of glycogen to glucose, the catabolism of stored triglycerides into fatty acids and glycerol, and the catabolism of muscle proteins into amino acids. These raw materials can then be used to synthesize additional glucose and ketones for use as body fuels. The hippocampus, which is part of the temporal lobe of the cerebral cortices and important in memory formation, is highly sensitive to stress levels because of its many glucocorticoid receptors.

You are probably familiar with prescription and over-the-counter medications containing glucocorticoids, such as cortisone injections into inflamed joints, prednisone tablets and steroid-based inhalers used to manage severe asthma, and hydrocortisone creams applied to relieve itchy skin rashes. These drugs reflect another role of cortisol—the downregulation of the immune system, which inhibits the inflammatory response.

Hormones of the zona reticularis

The deepest region of the adrenal cortex is the zona reticularis, which produces small amounts of a class of steroid sex hormones called androgens. During puberty and most of adulthood, androgens are produced in the gonads. The androgens produced in the zona reticularis supplement the gonadal androgens. They are produced in response to ACTH from the anterior pituitary and are converted in the tissues to testosterone or estrogens. In adult women, they may contribute to the sex drive, but their function in adult men is not well understood. In post-menopausal women, as the functions of the ovaries decline, the main source of estrogens becomes the androgens produced by the zona reticularis.

Adrenal medulla

As noted earlier, the adrenal cortex releases glucocorticoids in response to long-term stress such as severe illness. In contrast, the adrenal medulla releases its hormones in response to acute, short-term stress mediated by the sympathetic nervous system (SNS).

The medullary tissue is composed of unique postganglionic SNS neurons called chromaffin    cells, which are large and irregularly shaped, and produce the neurotransmitters epinephrine    (also called adrenaline) and norepinephrine    (or noradrenaline). Epinephrine is produced in greater quantities—approximately a 4 to 1 ratio with norepinephrine—and is the more powerful hormone. Because the chromaffin cells release epinephrine and norepinephrine into the systemic circulation, where they travel widely and exert effects on distant cells, they are considered hormones. Derived from the amino acid tyrosine, they are chemically classified as catecholamines.

The secretion of medullary epinephrine and norepinephrine is controlled by a neural pathway that originates from the hypothalamus in response to danger or stress (the SAM pathway). Both epinephrine and norepinephrine signal the liver and skeletal muscle cells to convert glycogen into glucose, resulting in increased blood glucose levels. These hormones increase the heart rate, pulse, and blood pressure to prepare the body to fight the perceived threat or flee from it. In addition, the pathway dilates the airways, raising blood oxygen levels. It also prompts vasodilation, further increasing the oxygenation of important organs such as the lungs, brain, heart, and skeletal muscle. At the same time, it triggers vasoconstriction to blood vessels serving less essential organs such as the gastrointestinal tract, kidneys, and skin, and downregulates some components of the immune system. Other effects include a dry mouth, loss of appetite, pupil dilation, and a loss of peripheral vision. The major hormones of the adrenal glands are summarized in [link] .

Hormones of the Adrenal Glands
Adrenal gland Associated hormones Chemical class Effect
Adrenal cortex Aldosterone Steroid Increases blood Na + levels
Adrenal cortex Cortisol, corticosterone, cortisone Steroid Increase blood glucose levels
Adrenal medulla Epinephrine, norepinephrine Amine Stimulate fight-or-flight response

Disorders involving the adrenal glands

Several disorders are caused by the dysregulation of the hormones produced by the adrenal glands. For example, Cushing’s disease is a disorder characterized by high blood glucose levels and the accumulation of lipid deposits on the face and neck. It is caused by hypersecretion of cortisol. The most common source of Cushing’s disease is a pituitary tumor that secretes cortisol or ACTH in abnormally high amounts. Other common signs of Cushing’s disease include the development of a moon-shaped face, a buffalo hump on the back of the neck, rapid weight gain, and hair loss. Chronically elevated glucose levels are also associated with an elevated risk of developing type 2 diabetes. In addition to hyperglycemia, chronically elevated glucocorticoids compromise immunity, resistance to infection, and memory, and can result in rapid weight gain and hair loss.

In contrast, the hyposecretion of corticosteroids can result in Addison’s disease, a rare disorder that causes low blood glucose levels and low blood sodium levels. The signs and symptoms of Addison’s disease are vague and are typical of other disorders as well, making diagnosis difficult. They may include general weakness, abdominal pain, weight loss, nausea, vomiting, sweating, and cravings for salty food.

Chapter review

The adrenal glands, located superior to each kidney, consist of two regions: the adrenal cortex and adrenal medulla. The adrenal cortex—the outer layer of the gland—produces mineralocorticoids, glucocorticoids, and androgens. The adrenal medulla at the core of the gland produces epinephrine and norepinephrine.

The adrenal glands mediate a short-term stress response and a long-term stress response. A perceived threat results in the secretion of epinephrine and norepinephrine from the adrenal medulla, which mediate the fight-or-flight response. The long-term stress response is mediated by the secretion of CRH from the hypothalamus, which triggers ACTH, which in turn stimulates the secretion of corticosteroids from the adrenal cortex. The mineralocorticoids, chiefly aldosterone, cause sodium and fluid retention, which increases blood volume and blood pressure.

Visit this link to view an animation describing the location and function of the adrenal glands. Which hormone produced by the adrenal glands is responsible for mobilization of energy stores?

Cortisol.

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Homeostasis is the internal constancy in which your body tries to maintain for optimal cellular functioning. For example, your body tries to maintain an internal body temperature of about 98.6F for optimal functioning of your body.
Carmelo
If a prolonged lost of homeostasis occurs, death of the organism will be the outcome.
Carmelo
Another example of homeostasis is that your body tries to maintain a specific blood sugar level, so that your cells can undergo constant cellular respiration and keep you alive.
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oxygen
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Erythropoietin, a hormone synthesized and released by the kidneys stimulate erythropoiesis in red bone marrow. When an Individual loses blood (hemorrhage) and the concentration of RBCs or oxygen decreases, erythropoitein will be released.
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This is a very important rule in Anatomy and Physiology. The structure of a cell, tissue, or organ will tell you a lot about it's function.
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For example, simple columnar cells (enterocytes) in the villus present in the duodenum of the small intestine contain microvilli. Microvilli are finger like projections of the cell membrane (produce by the cytoskeleton)that increase the surface area for absorption of nutrients into the enterocytes.
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Your biological sex is determined by your sex chromosome which is pair number 23. if you have a XX pair then you are a female. if you have XY pair then you are a male.
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Tanveer
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Most of the blood in the heart enters the ventricles during the diastolic phase.
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White blood cells which protect you against foreign antigens become active and release cytokines (pyrogens) during infection which causes the hypothalamus to raise your internal body temperature.
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Anatomy: study of the structure of the body parts and their relationship to one another
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Physiology: Study of the function of body parts and how they work to carry out life-sustaining activities
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anotomy dealt with the external and internal stuctural features of body and their constituent physiology deals with the functioning or action of that stucture
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periodic flow of blood from the female human vigina, after an unfertlized egg has been released from the ovaries
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the shedding of of the uterine walls,that occurs when fertilization doesn't occur
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it's called menses
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menses:(menstrual cycle) A monthly shedding of uterine lining and blood. For up to 3 to 7 days every 28 days.
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The menstrual cycle is divided into multiple phases. Menses is the last phase of the cycle when fertilization doesn't occur and endometrium of the uterus shed (stratum functionalis) due to lack of estrogen and progesterone signaling.
Carmelo
The lack of estrogen and progesterone signaling is due to the degeneration of the corpus lueteum when fertilization doesn't occur.
Carmelo
Blood fluid: Blood is composed of blood plasma + formed elements. The blood plasma is 55% of blood volume and it contains 90% of water. It also contains ions, hormones, gases, protein transporters, etc. Blood plasma is also considered extracellular fluid.
Carmelo
The formed elements of blood include RBCs (45-50% of blood), WBCs and Plalets (less than 1% of blood).
Carmelo
Almost forgot, blood plasma also carries nutrients which is obviously very important for survival.
Carmelo
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