Andhra Pradesh BIEAP AP Inter 2nd Year Zoology Study Material Lesson 4(a) Endocrine System and Chemical Coordination Textbook Questions and Answers.

AP Inter 2nd Year Zoology Study Material Lesson 4(a) Endocrine System and Chemical Coordination

Very Short Answer Questions

Question 1.
What is acromegaly? Name the hormone responsible for this disorder.
Acromegaly is a hormonal disorder that results when the pituitary gland produces excess growth hormone (GH). This disease is characterised by enlargement of the bones of the jaw, hand and feet, thickended nose, lips, eyelids and wide finger tips and gorilla like appearance of the person affected.

Question 2.
Which hormone is called anti-diuretic hormone? Write the name of the gland that secretes it.
Vasopressin is also called as anti-diuretic hormone which is secreted by posterior pituitary.

Question 3.
Name the gland that increases in size during childhood and decreases in size during adulthood. What important role does it play in case of infection?
Thymus is small at birth, it increases in size during childhood and reaches maximum size at puberty. During adulthood, it shrinks to its size at birth.

In old person thymus gland is degenerated, resulting in a decreased production of thymosin. Thymosin plays an important role in immune developments. Thus, immune response against infections of old people becomes weak.

Question 4.
Distinguish between diabetes insipidus and diabetes mellitus.
Diabetes insipidus :
Deficiency of Vasopressin causes a disease called diabetes insipidus. It does not involve loss of sugar in urine.

Diabetes mellitus :
Under secretion of insulin by the pancreatic gland increases the level Of glucose in blood is called hyperglycemia. Prolonged hyperglycemia leads to a disease called diabetes mellitus, associated with loss of glucose through urine and formation of ketone bodies.

AP Inter 2nd Year Zoology Study Material Chapter 4(a) Endocrine System and Chemical Coordination

Question 5.
What are Islets of langerhans?
The endocrine region of pancreas is called Islets of langerhans where it contain 1 to 2 millions Islets of langerhans. There are two main types of cells α – cells and β – cells.

α – cells produce the hormone glucagon, whereas β – cells produce insulin.

Question 6.
What is insulin shock?
Hyper secretion of insulin leads to decreased level of glucose in blood (hypoglycemia) resulting in insulin shock.

Question 7.
Which hormone is commonly known as fight and flight hormone?
Epinephrine and norepinephrine hormones are called fight and flight hormones because these hormones are secreted in response to stress and emergency situations.

Question 8.
What are androgens, which cells secrete them?
Androgens are male sex hormones usually steroid hormones. E. g: testosterone.
Androgens are produced by the Leydig cells of the testes and to a minor extent by the adrenal glands in both sexes.

AP Inter 2nd Year Zoology Study Material Chapter 4(a) Endocrine System and Chemical Coordination

Question 9.
What is erythropoietin? What is its function?
Erythropoietin is a hormone secreted the juxtaglomerular cells of the kidney. It plays an important role in the erythropoiesis i.e., in formation of RBC. Erythropoietin controls the formation of RBC by regulating the differentiation and proliferation of erythroid progenitor cells in the bone marrow.

Short Answer Questions

Question 1.
List out the names of the endocrine glands present in human beings and mention the hormone they secrete.
1) Hypothalamus:
It secretes thyrotropin releasing hormone, corticotropin releasing hormone, gonadotropin releasing hormone, growth hormone releasing hormone, growth hormone release inhibiting hormone, prolactin release inhibiting hormone.

2) Pituitary glands :
Anatomically, it is divided into anterior and posterior pituitary.

Anterior Pituitary :
Produces Growth hormone, Prolactin, Thyroid stimulating hormone, Adreno corticotropic hormone, Follicular stimulating hormone, Luteinizing hormone.

Posterior Pituitary:
It releases two hormones namely Oxytocin and Vasopressin/ADH.

3) Pineal gland :
It secretes a hormone called Melatonin.

4) Thyroid gland :
It produces two hormones namely Thyroxine (T4) and Tri iodothyronine (T3).

5) Parathyroid gland :
Secretes a hormone called Parathyroid hormone.

6) Thymus gland :
It secretes peptide hormone called Thymosin.

7) Adrenal gland:
a) Adrenal cortex: GluCo corticoids, Mineralo corticoids, Androgens and Estrogens.
b) Adrenal medulla : Produces Epinephrine, norepinephrine.

8) Pancreas:
It secretes Glucagon and Insulin.

9) Testes :
Which secrete Androgens and Testosterone.

10) Ovaries :
Which produce Estrogen and Progesterone.

Question 2.
Describe the role of hypothalamus as a neuroendocrine organ. ‘
Hypothalamus is located below the thalamus. It connects the neural and endocrine systems, as it closely tied to the pituitary gland. It responds to the sensory impulses received from different receptors by sending out appropriate neural or endocrine signals.

The hypothalamus is the master control centre of the endocrine system, as it contains several group of neuro secretary cells called nuclei, which produce hormones, called neuro hormones; These hormones directly control the pituitary gland which in turn secrete hormone that regulate the growth and functioning of other endocrine glands.

For example :
The two types of hormones produced by the hypothalamus are :
1) Releasing hormones :
Which stimulates the secretions of pituitary hormones.
Eg: 1) Thyrotropin releasing hormone – acts on anterior pituitary to release thyroid stimulating hormone.
2) Growth hormone releasing hormone – stimulate the release of growth hormone.

2) Inhibiting hormones :
Which inhibits the secretion of pituitary hormones.
Eg: 1) Growth hormone release inhibiting hormone – which inhibit the release of growth hormone from anterior pituitary.
2) Prolactin release inhibiting hormone – Inhibit the release of prolactin from anterior pituitary.

Question 3.
Give an account of the secretions of pituitary gland.
The pituitary gland is also called hypophysis. Anatomically pituitary gland is divided into anterior and posterior pituitary.
I. Anterior Pituitary :
It produces six important peptides. They are ;
1) Growth hormone (GH) Somatotropin :
They promote growth of the entire body by increasing protein synthesis, cell division and cell differentiation.

2) Prolactin:
It causes enlargement of the mammary glands of the breast and initiate the maintenance of lactation in mammals. Prolactin also promote the growth of corpus luteum and stimulate the production of progesterone.

3) Thyroid stimulating hormone” (TSH) :
It stimulates the production of thyroid hormones from thyroid gland.

4) Adreno corticotropic hormone (ACTH) :
Controls the production of steroid hormones called gluco corticoids, by the adrenal cortex.

5) Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) :
It stimulates growth the development of the ovarian follicles in females. In males FSH along with the androgens, regulates spermatogenesis.

6) Luteinizing hormone (LH) :
In males it stimulates production of androgens. In females it stimulates the ovaries to produce estrogens and progesterone and it maintains corpus luteum.

II. Posterior pituitary :
It stores and releases two hormones called oxytocin and vasopressin.

Oxytocin :
In females it stimulates contraction of pregnant uterus during child birth and ejection of milk from the mammary gland.

Vasopressin (ADH) :
Affects the kidney and stimulates reabsorption of water and electrolytes by the DCT and collecting duct.

AP Inter 2nd Year Zoology Study Material Chapter 4(a) Endocrine System and Chemical Coordination

Question 4.
Compare a pituitary dwarf and a thyroid dwarf in respect of similarities and dismilarities they posses.

Pituitary dwarf Thyroid dwarf
1. Hypersecretion of growth hormone from pituitary during childhood retards growth resulting in pituitary dwarf. 1. Hyposecretion of thyroid hormones during pregnancy, defective development of baby i.e., physical and mental growth get severely stunted, resulting in thyroid dwarf.
2. Human growth hormone deficiency results in abnormally slow growth and short structure with normal proportion. 2. Deficiency of thyroid hormones by birth results in enlarged head, short limbs, puff eyes, a thick and protudding tongue, dry skin, tow. I Qetc.
3. The pituitary dwarf is sexually and intellectually a normal individual. 3. If the condition not treated the child will grow up dwarf, mentally retarded and sexually sterile.
4. Administration of purified HGH has been shown to induce skeletal growth in these patients. 4. Early treatment can result in normal growth and development.

Question 5.
Explain how hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can affect the body.
Inadequate supply of iodine or impairment in the function of thyroid glands leads to decrease in production of thyroid hormones (T3 & T4) results in hypothyroidism and enlargement of the thyroid gland called Simple goiter.

During pregnancy due to hypothyroidism, defective development of the growing body leads to a disorder called Cretinism. Physical and mental growth gets severely stunted due to untreated congenital hypothyroidism, stunted growth, mental retardation, low IQ, deafness, and mutism are some characteristics features of this disease.

In adult women it may cause irregular menstrual cycles. Hypothyroidism in adult causes Myxoedema characterized by bagginess under the eyes, puffiness of face, dry skin, slowness in physical and mental activities.

Over activity of thyroid, cancer of the gland or development of nodule of thyroid lead to hyper thyroidism. In adults it causes an abnormal growth leads to a disease called Exophthalmic goiter with characteristically protruded eyeballs. Hyperthyroidism also affects the physiology of the body i.e., increased metabolic rate, nervousness, rapid heartbeat, sweating, increased appetite etc.

Question 6.
Write a note on Addison’s disease and Cushing’s Syndrome.
Addison’s disease: It is caused due to hyposecretion of glucocorticoids by the adrenal cortex. This disease is characterised by loss of weight, muscle weakness, fatigue and reduced blood pressure. Sometimes darkening of the skin in both exposed and non-exposed parts of the body occurs in this disorder.

Cushing’s Syndrome :
It results due to over production of glucocorticoids. This condition is characterised by breakdown of muscle proteins and redistribution of body fat resulting in spindly arms and legs, a round moon-face, buffalo hump on the back and pendulous abdomen is also observed. Wound healing is poor. The elevated level of cortisols causes hyperglycemia, over deposition of glycogen in liver and rapid gain of weight.

Question 7.
Why does sugar appear in the urine of a diabetic?
Hyposecretion of insulin of pancreatic gland increases the level of glucose in blood called hyperglycemia. Prolonged hyperglycemia leads to a disease called diabetes mellitus.

In diabetic patients glucose or sugar appears in urine because kidney plays a special role in the homeostasis of blood glucose.’Glucose is continuously filtered by the glomeruli, reabsorbed and returned to the blood. If the level of glucose in blood is above 160 -180 mg/dl. i.e., in hyperglycemia condition glucose in primary urine is not completely reabsorbed, and returned to the blood. Some of which is retained and excreted in urine.

Question 8.
Describe the male and female sex hormones and their actions.
The hormones, which are responsible for the development of secondary sexual characters and changes in different stages of life are called sex hormones.

Male sex hormones :
Androgens :
Androgens are produced by the Leydig cells of the testes and to a minor extent by the adrenal glands in both sexes.

Functions :
→ Growth, development and maintenance of male reproductive organs.
→ Sexual differentiation and secondary sexual characteristics.
→ Spermatogenesis.
→ Male pattern of aggressive behaviour.
→ Increases the protein synthesis and increases the glycolysis.

Female sex hormones:
1) Estrogens :
Synthesized by the follicles and corpus luteum of ovary.
Functions :
→ Development and maintenance of female reproductive organs.
→ Maintenance of menstrual cycle.
→ Development of secondary sexual characters.
→ Estrogen promotes the protein synthesis and calcification and bone growth.

2) Progesterone :
It is synthesized and secreted by corpus luteum and placenta. Functions: required for implantation of fertilised ovum and maintenance of pregnancy.

3) Follicle stimulating and Lutenizing hormones :
Both these hormones produced from anterior pituitary gland in both sexes.

Both these hormones play an important role in secondary sexual characters in both sexes.

AP Inter 2nd Year Zoology Study Material Chapter 4(a) Endocrine System and Chemical Coordination

Question 9.
Write a note on the mechanism of action of hormones.
Hormones are primary messengers which interacting with receptors and they generate secondary messengers. These secondary messengers regulate cellular metabolism in the target cells.

Mechanism of action of lipid insoluble hydrophillic hormone :
→ The Hormone binds to a stimulatory membrane bound receptor, and stimulate ‘G’protein.
→ ‘G’ protein of the cell membrane binds to GTP and activates adenylate cyclase.
→ Adenylate Cyclase forms cAMP from ATP.
→ cAMP activates the protein kinase, which activates the enzyme phosphorylase.
→ Phosphorylase further phosphorylate the inactive enzyme and convert it to active form and involved in the metabolic process. Eg : Epinephrine.

Mechanism of action of lipid soluble hormone:
Lipid soluble hormones easily diffuse through the cell membrane.
→ It binds to a specific receptor in the cytoplasm forming hormone receptor complex molecule.
→ This complex molecule enters the nucleus and binds to the DNA and stimulate the production of specific m-RNA molecule.
→ The m-RNA passes into the cytoplasm, where it is involved in the translation process and synthesizes a protein. These proteins produced by the cell as a response of hormone and plays an important role in their respective metabolism.
Eg : Aldosterone