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The function of hormones

The function of hormones

Hormones regulate various biological activities, for example, growth, development, reproduction, energy use and storage, water and electrolyte balance.

Hormones are molecules that function as chemical messengers in the body's endocrine system. Specific organs and glands produce them, and then they are secreted into the blood and other bodily fluids.

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Hormone signalling

While hormones in the blood come in contact with a number of cells, they influence only the cells which have receptors for each specific hormone.

  • Endocrine signalling is when the hormones influence specific cells from a distance. For example, the pit...

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Hormone regulation

Hormones are regulated by other hormones, glands and organs, and by a negative feedback mechanism.

  • Tropic hormones regulate the release of other hormones. The anterior pituitary in the brain, the hypothalamus, and th...

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Types of hormones

Hormones are classified into two main types:

  1. Peptide hormones (e.g. human growth hormone): These protein hormones are made up of amino acids and are water-soluble. They cannot pass through a cell membrane. They bind to receptors on the cell's surface...

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