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Endocrine System

  • Martin Caon
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Abstract

The organs of the endocrine system produce hormones. A hormone is a messenger molecule, made in small quantities by endocrine cells/glands and released into the blood circulation to coordinate cellular activities in distant tissues. Hormone molecules elicit a response in the target cells by attaching to a receptor protein on the cell’s plasma membrane (or inside the cell) that is specific for that molecule.

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© Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Caon
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  1. 1.College of Nursing and Health SciencesFlinders UniversityBedford ParkAustralia

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