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Questions tagged [endocrinology]

The area of physiology dealing with the production and effects of hormones.

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Hormones - biotic or abiotic

Are hormones biotic or abiotic? I have tried reading different articles, and I've found that it is both, but can that be true?
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Could a high TSH level mean a problem with the pituitary gland? [migrated]

When our physician suspects we might have a problem with our thyroid he sends us to check the TSH level in our blood. If there is a lot of TSH in the blood it means that the thyroid can't work quickly ...
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I wonder if one of the biggest problems in dealing (treatement) with gene mutation, is when the protein encoded, is used inside the cell [on hold]

I wonder if one of the biggest problems in dealing (treatement) with gene mutation, is when the protein encoded, is used inside the cell, because, if the potein is secreted (for example: the Hormone) ...
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Why is erythropoietin produced in the kidney?

Erythropoietin is a hormone produced in the kidney to stimulate the generation of more red blood cell. It is triggered by low oxygen via HIF transcription factors. Makes sense. Oops, oxygen is low, ...
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What is the difference between a cytokine, a hormone and a protein hormone?

I'm trying to figure out the difference between hormone, cytokine and protein hormone. It's clear to me that all three are biological messengers, but there seems to some ambiguity and overlap between ...
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Delay of sleeping on cortisol cycle

I was told that cortisol has to be measured at 9am or 4pm, because those where its peak level. But I wonder if changes on sleep patters affect the cortisol cycle. I mean, if I usually go to sleep ...
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Why are the hormones dopamine, adrenaline, noradrenaline and serotonin so ubiquitous across the animal kingdom?

As far as I know there is no reason for the makeup of a given hormone to be universal as it merely serves as a carrier from one part of the brain to another. So why are the above hormones seen across ...
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Is vitamin D a vitamin or a hormone?

Some people like to say that vitamin D is a hormone. A simple set of differences between hormones and vitamins is described here. Vitamin D is not (for the most part) absorbed through food but ...
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Why the same complex compounds occur and play different roles in different organisms?

For instance, in humans estrogens function as sexual hormones, but they also occur in many plants, where obviously their role is totally different. Some compounds, such as psilocybin have psycho-...
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Can men also become only bald on their legs?

Often hair loss that primarily affects the top and front of the scalp will happen to men (and female) during aging. Male pattern hair loss is believed to be due to a combination of genetics and the ...
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Does estrogen increase muscular growth in females?

Regarding humans it is said that most psychological effects caused in men by testosterone are caused in women by estrogens. There are many studies on that, particularly regarding temporary shifts of ...
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Positive/ negative feedback of oestrogen

In the menstrual cycle at around day 12-14, oestrogen undergoes positive feedback which leads to ovulation and high concentrations of LH and FSH. But during other times in the cycle, oestrogen is ...
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Hormonal terms Somatotrophin or somatotropin?

Are Somatotropin and Somatotrophin hormones the same? It's confusing because when you type in Somatotrophin in google, it says, "a growth hormone secreted by the anterior pituitary gland.", but there'...
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How is the urea cycle regulated with respect to protein deficit?

Proteins cannot be stored in the body. Excess proteins from the diet are deaminated in the urea cycle that takes place in the liver. The liver is the first contact since these amino acids are ...
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What allows the hypothalamus to detect a lack of thyroid hormones?

On the website www.yourhormones.com it is written: "If there is insufficient thyroid hormone available for the brain, this will be detected by the hypothalamus and thyrotropin-releasing hormone ...
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What are all of the hormones released exclusively (or most frequently) in a human body during sleep, and can they be utilized while the body is awake?

For example, human growth hormone is one that is released during sleep, but is it possible for the body to use that hormone (as well as all of the others) while awake? Maybe during a period of ...
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Are releasing-hormones and release-inhibiting hormones from the hypothalamus ever present in the blood?

Our teacher said that these two hormones are normally never present in the blood stream, and to be carfeul of it if it comes as a question. I'm not conviced to be honest, is this true?
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Do ovaries produce estrogen before menarche?

It is traditionally taught that estrogen is produced by the granulosa cells of the follicle. But before menarche, where does the estrogen come from? Is it from the thin layer of granulosa cells lining ...
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difference between neurotransmitters and hormones

I have been reading a lot about neurotransmitters and hormones but what's the difference between them both or are they the same? It's been confusing for a while now. Also, why do some ...
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Are all of our hormones synthesized in the same gland that they are secreted from?

For example, growth hormone is secreted from the anterior pituitary; is it also synthesized there?
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What is the concentration/molecules per cell of iodothyronine deiodinase in a cell?

I'm trying to parameterize an in silico model and need the approximate concentration (M), or molecules per cell, of iodothyronine deiodinase type II (D2) enzyme in a human cell, ideally a glial cell. ...
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Is it possible to synthesize hormones? Is the process limited?

After seeing a documentary about PMSG farms, where horses are used and killed for collecting PMSG hormones, we wondered if hormones can be synthesized. And I haven't had an answer. I know that there ...
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How do cells reproduce more slowly in the later stages of the human pregnancy?

I’m a 5th grader learning human reproduction and both my father and teacher told me that in the later stages of pregnancy the cells reproduce more slowly. What are the regulating mechanisms? Is it ...
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Questions About Human Growth Hormone

I don't have much knowledge in biology, so my question might sound silly--but from what I read, growth hormone stimulates growth (especially in children). So I wonder is it only the growth in size, ...
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How are neuromodulator receptors distributed?

Irrespective of where, when and how neuromodulators are released, eventually they are detected by some receptors in the membrane of a target neuron (typically G protein–coupled receptors) ...
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How do epigenetics influence fat distribution?

Can our environment, diet, exercise, etc. influence the cell signaling of fat cells - basically, can someone who is apple shaped turn into a pear shape? I've seen the opposite happen (pear to apple) ...
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Does donating blood lower testosterone levels? [closed]

I'm a guy and I decided to donate blood because of persuasion. My testicles feel weak afterwards specifically. I mean they feel like they're compensating -- assuming that makes sense. Is this because ...
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What causes weight loss and fatigue in Addison's disease?

Why would a lack of cortisol cause fatigue? In terms of normal functioning of the gland.
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What is the difference between neurotransmitters acting as neurotransmitters and hormones?

My main confusion is what differentiates the action of a transmitter substance as a neurotransmitter and as a hormone. For example, when norepinephrine is being talked about as transmitter substance ...
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What causes puberty to begin? [closed]

I understand that puberty begins when hormones are released from the pituitary gland as instructed by the hypothalamus, but why does the hypothalamus instruct this to occur? How is this process timed ...
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can dissolving be endothermic process [closed]

can dissolving be endothermic process. I have a container with glucose(solid state) and added water and found the container getting colder. was wondering there is no reaction(just a physical process) ...
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Is there a biological urge to have children in women?

Searching information about this subject often leads to personal stories from women making the choice to live childfree and women stating they either always wanted to have children or experienced a ...
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Role of auxin and cytokinins in vascular cambium or callus formation

Usually, auxins promote cell growth and cytokinins promote cell division. But, I got an information from my teacher that, in case of vascular cambium or callus formation, auxins promote cell division ...
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Testosterone level in body with activites

Does ejaculation lower level of testosterone in body, Conflicting reports on internet, a firm answer would help a lot?
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Does testosterone weaken the immune system?

I was reading this articles here that states that the higher the blood level of testosterone is, the weaker the immune system gets. I read another article about testosterone here that focuses on the ...
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Exocrine system + endocrine system =?

What is the title name for endocrine system + exocrine system? In another language that I speak they are called "secretion system" but in English the term secretion system is different and it is ...
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Gland defined based on morphology or hormone secretion?

Is a gland defined by a visible morphology, or is anything that secretes a hormone a gland? The answer does matter for the definition of histamine. Based on the answer I can conclude whether it's an ...
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How are commercial steroid hormones produced? [closed]

Does someone know how oestrogens and androgens used for treatment are made? Is it with a GMO bacteria? Is it chemistry? Thanks
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What is this small tissue structure found in kidney?

It's covered with white adipose tissue and it is smooth with reddish brown colour. HE dyed with dimensions 3 cm long and 1 cm wide. I'm guessing that this is a rare thing because I already checked ...
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What will happen if there is high concentration of both calcitonin and PTH in blood?

What will happen if there were a high concentration of both calcitonin and PTH (parathyroid hormone) in the blood? In that case, will calcium resorption from bone occur, or absorption from intestine, ...
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What is the current consensus on the Loveheim Cube of Emotion [closed]

I recently encountered the Lovheim Cube of Emotion. I was wondering what level of supporting research there is to go with it and whether or not there is a concensus at this stage. If I'm perfectly ...
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Link between pornography abstinence and hormone levels

I have a question regarding abstinence from pornography, and also possibly celibacy, and how these two lifestyle choices affect hormone levels. Trends such as No Fap have been emerging recently. An ...
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Why is secretin sensitive to acid?

My textbook says, secretin secretion is triggered by the presence of acidic chyme in intestine. But why is secretin sensitive to acidic environment? I checked the wikipedia page of secretin and found ...
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Why do palpitations happen when someone is nearing something rewarding? [closed]

When you are nearing something rewarding (IE: winning a prize, or winning a game), why do you experience tachycardia? For example, if someone entered a raffle with the number 9284938, and the ...
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Attraction and hormones levels

Why do we ignore all imperfections in people we fall in love with for a couple of months, but after a certain period we start noticing imperfections? Can hormones - or any chemical - be used to ...
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What is the function of oxyphilic cells in the parathyroid?

Apart from the chief cells, which produce and secrete parathyroid hormone (PTH), the parathyroid gland has another type of cells, which are large and fewer in number, have small, dark nuclei and an ...
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What happens to apetite hormones like ghrelin and leptin when a person in coma?

Don't coma individuals feel hungry? If so, how does the brain senses this condition (as coma is caused by neural death or damage) and switches off gene expression of ghrelin and leptin. Is there any ...
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Are hormone secretion variations the same for a pair of monozygotic twins?

I have recently read a paper about how stress affects morning salivary cortisol levels in an individual. I am conducting a study on monozygotic twins and was wondering if cortisol levels would ...
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Do all organs of our body secrete hormones?

My teacher says that all organs of our body secrete some kind of hormone so they are all glands. Is the statement entirely correct without any exceptions? Till date I am unable to find any exception ...
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What is meant by “catalytic amount of a hormone”?

This textbook says: In the classic definition, hormones are secretory products of the ductless glands, which are released in catalytic amounts into the blood stream and transported to specific ...