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Edunews  Endocrine System  Sensory System

Gabriela Fabiola Estacuy Meléndez

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Endocrine System The endocrine system refers to the collection of glands of an organism that secrete hormones directly into the circulatory system to be carried toward a distant target organ. The major endocrine glands include the pineal gland, gland, pancreas, ovaries, testes, thyroid gland, parathyroid gland, hypothalamus, gastrointestinal tract and adrenal glands.

The endocrine system is in contrast to the exocrine system, which secretes its hormones using ducts. Examples of exocrine glands include the sweat glands, salivary glands, mammary glands, and liver. The endocrine system is an information signal system like the nervous system, yet its effects and mechanism are classifiably different. The endocrine system's effects are slow to initiate, and prolonged in their response, lasting from a few hours up to weeks.

Special features of endocrine glands are, in general, their ductless nature, their vascularity, and commonly the presence of intracellular vacuoles or granules that store their hormones. In contrast, exocrine glands, such as salivary glands, sweat glands, and glands within the gastrointestinal tract, tend to be much less vascular and have ducts or a hollow lumen.

In addition to the specialized endocrine organs mentioned above, many other organs that are part of other body systems, such as the kidney, liver, heart and gonads, have secondary endocrine functions. For example the kidney secretes endocrine hormones such as erythropoietin and renin.

A number of glands that signal each other in sequence are usually referred to as an axis, for example, the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. As opposed to endocrine factors that travel considerably longer distances via the circulatory system, other signaling molecules, such as paracrine factors involved in paracrine signalling diffuse over a relatively short distance.


Reflection I learned allot about the Endocrine System and it was very interesting for me to investigate about this topic, In my words I understood that: The concept of hormones as chemical messengers that transmit information from one organ to other organs by way of circulating blood has implications that have not been made explicit. In this paper the concept is analyzed and is shown to be inconsistent with many observations. The previously proposed concepts of hormone multifunctionalities, hormonal multisignal messages, and the conversion of hormones into other hormones are shown to clarify conflicting observations as well as the congruous mode of functioning of endocrine systems with multifunctional hormones. A strategy is proposed for identifying the compositions and functions of the diverse multisignal messages conveyed by any hormone. The information so obtained could be useful for the development of more selective hormonal therapies


Sensory System A sensory system is a part of the nervous system responsible for processing sensory information. A sensory system consists of sensory receptors, neural pathways, and parts of the brain involved in sensory perception.

Commonly recognized sensory systems are those for vision, auditory (hearing), somatic sensation (touch), gustatory (taste), olfaction (sme ll) and vestibular (balance/movement).

In short, senses are transducers from the physical world to the realm of the mind where we interpret the information, creating our perception of the world around us.

The receptive field is the specific part of the world to which a receptor organ and receptor cells respond. For instance, the part of the world an eye can see, is its receptive field; the light that each rod or cone can see, is its receptive field.

Receptive fields have been identified for the visual system, auditory system and somatosensory system, so far.


Reflection I learned allot about the Sensory System and it was very interesting for me to investigate about this topic, In my words I understood that: A sensory system is a part of the nervous system responsible for processing sensory information. A sensory system consists of sensory receptors, neural pathways, and parts of the brain involved in sensory perception. Commonly recognized sensory systems are those for vision, hearing, somatic sensation (touch), taste and olfaction (smell). Receptive fields have been identified for the visual system, auditory system and somatosensory system, so far.

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