studied byStudied by 1 person
get a hint

Nervous System

1 / 173

Tags and Description

174 Terms


Nervous System

  • Neuron transmits nerve down the axon to the neurotransmitter

  • neurotransmitter releases the impulse into the synapse

  • the post-synaptic cell responds to that nerve impulse

    • rapid response but transient effects

<ul><li><p>Neuron transmits nerve down the axon to the neurotransmitter</p></li><li><p>neurotransmitter releases the impulse into the synapse</p></li><li><p>the post-synaptic cell responds to that nerve impulse</p><ul><li><p><strong>rapid response but transient effects</strong></p></li></ul></li></ul>
New cards

Endocrine System

  • Glandular cells secrete hormone into the bloodstream

  • through the bloodstream, throughout the whole body maybe before they find their receptors. target cells have to have receptors for hormones to find them

  • Target cells respond to the hormone, hormones have no effect on other cells of the body

    • slow response but long-term effects

<ul><li><p>Glandular cells secrete hormone into the bloodstream</p></li><li><p>through the bloodstream, throughout the whole body maybe before they find their receptors. <strong>target cells have to have receptors for hormones to find them</strong></p></li><li><p>Target cells respond to the hormone, <strong>hormones have no effect on other cells of the body</strong></p><ul><li><p><strong>slow response but long-term effects</strong></p></li></ul></li></ul>
New cards

Endocrine grands

ductless, secrete hormones into blood (or CSF)

New cards


  • act on target cells (require specific receptors to have effects)

  • slow onset (minutes-hours), long-term effects (days-weeks)

New cards

Endocrine Organs

knowt flashcard image
New cards

Hormone Action


  • hormones can be water-soluble or lipid soluble

    • hydrophilic

      • Amine, peptide, protein, glycoprotein (all amino acid-based)

    • Hydrophobic (lipophilic)

      • steroid (cholesterol) or prostaglandin (fatty acid-based)

New cards

Synthesis and Packaging of Hydrophilic hormones

  1. Proteins are packaged in secretory vesicles for exocytosis

  2. vesicle becomes lysosome

  3. Vesicle inserted into the plasma membrane

if we want to secrete a hormone, it needs to be stimulated, proteins can be generated and stored in vesicles so that the hormones are ready to be released when needed

New cards

Hormone Action

  • hormone chem plays role in location of receptors on target cells

  • hormones act in small quantity, but have big effect

  • hormones act in minuet quantities, because they are amplified

  • only the “free” (unbound) fraction of hormone in plasma is regulated

  • plasma concentration is determined by:

    • secretion rate, production rate, clearance rate, metabolism rate

New cards
  • Endocrine disorders arise when:

  • hormone production is too low (hyposecretion)

  • hormone production is too high (hypersecretion)

  • hormone receptors are absent (insensitivity)

New cards

Control Mechanisms: most hormones…

are regulating via negative feedback mechanisms

  • ex: high blood glucose stimulates insulin secretion, which results in cell uptake and storage of glucose (lowering blood glucose concentration)

New cards

Control Mechanisms: some hormones…

are part of positive feedback mechanisms

  • ex: cervical stretch receptors signal the brain to release oxytocin, which results in uterine contraction (effectively causing more stretch as the baby’s head is forced against the cervix)

New cards


integration center

  • body temp

  • thirst and urine output

  • appetite

  • Anterior pituitary hormones (produces 6 hormones)

  • posterior pituitary hormones (produces oxytocin and ADH)

stimulus from the hypothalamus that influences the posterior pituitary

New cards

Anterior pituitary hormones

Bridge to endocrine system

  • Stimulates or inhibits A.P. hormone secretion via “releasing -” and “inhibiting hormones”

  • Synthesizes P.P. hormones

New cards

circadian rhythm: biological clocks

approximate 24 hour cycles for body functions

  • ex: temperature, gene expression, behavior, hormone secretion

    • pineal gland secretes melatonin to synchronize

New cards

circadian rhythm: Melatonin

Secreted during periods of darkness

  • Light/dark cycle entrains biological rhythms

Proposed roles

  • Can induce natural sleep

  • Inhibits sex hormones

    • Puberty initiated by drop in melatonin levels

  • In other species → seasonal breeding, hibernation, migration cycles

  • Birth control

    • High levels shut down ovulation

  • Antoxidant

  • Slows aging process

  • Enhance immunity

    • Also slows regression of thymus

New cards

Pituitary Gland

consists of two separate tissues

  • anterior pituitary is gland tissue (true gland tissue)

  • posterior pituitary is neural tissue (extension of NS)

<p>consists of two separate tissues</p><ul><li><p>anterior pituitary is gland tissue (true gland tissue)</p></li><li><p>posterior pituitary is neural tissue (extension of NS)</p></li></ul>
New cards

Posterior Pituitary (Neurohypophysis) secrets two hormones: Antidiuretic Hormone (ADH) (Vasopressin)

  • targets kidney → stimulates water reabsorption

  • targets blood vessels → stimulates vasoconstriction

Helps with regulation of blood pressure via negative feedback

*This hormone acts w/ many other mechanisms during hypovolemia and/or hypotension

New cards

Posterior Pituitary (Neurohypophysis(means pituitary)) secrets two hormones: Oxytocin

  • targets uterine smooth muscle (myometrium)

  • targets myoepithelial cells lining milk ducts

participates in parturition and milk ejection via positive feedback

New cards

Anterior pituitary (Adenohypophysis): six secreted hormones (all negative feedback mechanisms) involved in growth, metabolism, or reproduction

Prolactin (PRL)

Growth Hormone (GH)

Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (TSH)

Adrenocorticotropic Hormone (ACTH)

Follicle-Stimulating Hormone (FSH)

Luteinizing Hormone (LH)

<p>Prolactin (PRL)</p><p>Growth Hormone (GH)</p><p>Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (TSH)</p><p>Adrenocorticotropic Hormone (ACTH)</p><p>Follicle-Stimulating Hormone (FSH)</p><p>Luteinizing Hormone (LH)</p>
New cards

Hypothalamic-Anterior Pituitary Axis

New cards


  • promotes milk production (secretion) from mammary glands

  • also inhibits ovulation

    • ‘nature’s contraceptive

    • *feedback loop*

<ul><li><p>promotes milk production (secretion) from mammary glands</p></li><li><p>also inhibits ovulation</p><ul><li><p>‘nature’s contraceptive</p></li><li><p>*<em>feedback loop</em>*</p></li></ul></li></ul>
New cards

Growth Hormone

  • metabolic hormone

  • promotes growth of tissues (indirectly)

    • bone and muscle, and most soft tissues

  • If hyposecretion:

    • in kids = dwarfism

    • in adults = muscle weakness, metabolic issues

  • If hypersecretion:

    • in children = gigantism

    • in adults = acromegaly

    • *feedback loop*

<ul><li><p>metabolic hormone</p></li><li><p>promotes growth of tissues (indirectly)</p><ul><li><p>bone and muscle, and most soft tissues</p></li></ul></li><li><p>If hyposecretion:</p><ul><li><p>in kids = dwarfism</p></li><li><p>in adults = muscle weakness, metabolic issues</p></li></ul></li><li><p>If hypersecretion:</p><ul><li><p>in children = gigantism</p></li><li><p>in adults = acromegaly</p></li><li><p>*<em>feedback loop</em>*</p></li></ul></li></ul>
New cards

Growth Hormone (Important Points)


Pathway of control of growth and development

  • GHRH stimulates GH secretion

    • GH stimulates IGF-1 (negative feedback control)

  • GH acts directly on tissues to stimulate metabolism

  • GH acts indirectly to promote growth-related actions

    • via IGF-1

New cards

Thyroid Gland

Major histological structure = follicle

  • cells forming follicle are called follicular cells

    • help produce thyroid hormone in the colloid

      • thyroxine (tetraiodothyronine, T4)

      • Triiodothyronine (T3)

    • Iodine

      • sequestered in thyroid gland

      • required for T3/T4 synthesis

<p>Major histological structure = follicle</p><ul><li><p>cells forming follicle are called follicular cells</p><ul><li><p>help produce <u>thyroid hormone</u> in the colloid</p><ul><li><p>thyroxine (tetraiodothyronine, T4)</p></li><li><p>Triiodothyronine (T3)</p></li></ul></li><li><p>Iodine</p><ul><li><p>sequestered in thyroid gland</p></li><li><p>required for T3/T4 synthesis</p></li></ul></li></ul></li></ul>
New cards


too much TSH

or, thyroid tumor

or, TSI

  • thyroid tumor (primary hyperthyroidism)

  • excessive tropic hormones (secondary)

  • or, most common

  • symptoms:

    • elevated metabolic rate

    • heat tolerance

    • weight loss (but increase food intake)

    • increased heart rate

    • excess mental alertness

    • exophthalmos

<p>too much TSH</p><p>or, thyroid tumor</p><p>or, TSI</p><ul><li><p>thyroid tumor (primary hyperthyroidism)</p></li><li><p>excessive tropic hormones (secondary)</p></li><li><p>or, most common</p></li><li><p>symptoms:</p><ul><li><p>elevated metabolic rate</p></li><li><p>heat tolerance</p></li><li><p>weight loss (but increase food intake)</p></li><li><p>increased heart rate</p></li><li><p>excess mental alertness</p></li><li><p>exophthalmos</p></li></ul></li></ul>
New cards


too little TSH

or, other thyroid dysfunction

  • thyroid gland failure (primary hypothyroidism)

  • deficiency of tropic hormones (secondary)

  • Symptoms:

    • Reduced metabolic rate

    • cold intolerance

    • weight gain

    • reduced cardiac output

    • lethargy (fatigue)

    • Edema

<p>too little TSH</p><p>or, other thyroid dysfunction</p><ul><li><p>thyroid gland failure (primary hypothyroidism)</p></li><li><p>deficiency of tropic hormones (secondary)</p></li><li><p>Symptoms:</p><ul><li><p>Reduced metabolic rate</p></li><li><p>cold intolerance</p></li><li><p>weight gain</p></li><li><p>reduced cardiac output</p></li><li><p>lethargy (fatigue)</p></li><li><p>Edema</p></li></ul></li></ul>
New cards

Thyroid Gland Metabolism

ATP production and utilization

Thermogenesis O2 consumption

Growth: muscle, bone, nervous

<p>ATP production and utilization</p><p>Thermogenesis O2 consumption</p><p>Growth: muscle, bone, nervous</p>
New cards



New cards

Parathyroid Gland

produces parathyroid hormone

  • reverses low blood calcium levels

    • stimulates osteoclasts to remove calcium from bone

    • stimulates kidney to reabsorb calcium

    • stimulates kidney to increase Vit. D activation

      • promotes intestinal uptake of calcium

<p>produces <u>parathyroid hormone</u></p><ul><li><p>reverses low blood calcium levels</p><ul><li><p>stimulates osteoclasts to remove calcium from bone</p></li><li><p>stimulates kidney to reabsorb calcium</p></li><li><p>stimulates kidney to increase Vit. D activation</p><ul><li><p>promotes intestinal uptake of calcium</p></li></ul></li></ul></li></ul>
New cards

PTH Hypersecretion


  • hypersecreting tumor

    • symptoms may vary w/ magnitude of problem

  • hypercalcemia and hypophosphatemia

    • decrease muscle and nervous tissue excitability

      • muscle weakness

      • neurological disorders

        • decrease alertness, poor memory, depression

      • cardiac arrhythmias

  • Thinning of bone

    • deformities

    • factures

  • incidence of Ca2+: containing kidney stones

    • decrease renal function

    • pain

  • peptic ulcers, nausea, and constipation

<p>Hyperparathyroidism</p><ul><li><p>hypersecreting tumor</p><ul><li><p>symptoms may vary w/ magnitude of problem</p></li></ul></li><li><p><strong>hypercalcemia and hypophosphatemia</strong></p><ul><li><p>decrease muscle and nervous tissue excitability</p><ul><li><p>muscle weakness</p></li><li><p>neurological disorders</p><ul><li><p>decrease alertness, poor memory, depression</p></li></ul></li><li><p>cardiac arrhythmias</p></li></ul></li></ul></li><li><p><strong>Thinning of bone</strong></p><ul><li><p>deformities</p></li><li><p>factures</p></li></ul></li><li><p><strong>incidence of Ca2+: containing kidney stones</strong></p><ul><li><p>decrease renal function</p></li><li><p>pain</p></li></ul></li><li><p><strong>peptic ulcers, nausea, and constipation</strong></p></li></ul>
New cards

PTH Hyposecretion


  • surgical removal → most common cause

  • autoimmune destruction

-Hypocalcemia and Hyperphosphatemia

  • increase muscle and neuron excitability

    • Muscle cramps and twitches

    • Tingling and pins-and-needles sensation

    • Irritability and paranoia

  • death (in absence of PTH)

New cards

Vitamin D deficiency

impaired Ca2+ absorption

  • PTH maintains plasma Ca2+ at expense of bones

    • Softened bones deform

    • Rickets (in children)

    • Osteomalacia (in adults)

<p>impaired Ca2+ absorption</p><ul><li><p>PTH maintains plasma Ca2+ at expense of bones</p><ul><li><p>Softened bones deform</p></li><li><p>Rickets (in children)</p></li><li><p>Osteomalacia (in adults)</p></li></ul></li></ul>
New cards

Endocrine Pancreas

Glucose-sensing cells called pancreatic islets (islets of Langerhans) form the endocrine pancreas

  • alpha islets are sensitive to low blood glucose

    • secrete glucagon

  • Beta islets are sensitive to high blood glucose

    • secrete insulin

New cards

Insulin actions

targets the liver, adipose, and muscle to promote the storage of glucose

  • glucose transporters are stimulated

  • glucose is phosphorylated to keep it in the cell

  • glucose-6-phosphate (G6P) is linked together to form glycogen

New cards

Feedback loop

knowt flashcard image
New cards

Glucose Transport

  1. Passive facilitated diffusion into cell (through GLUT)

  2. glucose → glucose-6-phosphate

    1. phosphorylation

      1. traps glucose inside cell

      2. keeps intracellular glucose concentration low

Insulin triggers glucose transporter (GLUT-4) recruitment in body celss

New cards

Glucose transporters


  • Blood-brain barrier


  • B-islets, kidney, liver and intestinal cells


  • Neurons


  • most cells of body

  • only transporter that is sensitive to insulin

New cards


transports to blood-brain barrier

New cards


transport to B-islets, kidney, liver and intestinal cells

New cards


transport to neurons

New cards


Most cells of body

Only transporter that is

sensitive to insulin

New cards

transporter recruitment

  • pool of internal vesicles containing GLUT-4

  • Insulin binds to receptor

    • signaling cascade induces vesicles to fuse w/ plasma membrane

      • 10-30 fold increase glucose uptake

  • decrease insulin → endocytosis of GLUT-4 and return to intracellur pool

New cards

Tissues not dependent on insulin:

  • Brain

  • Skeletal muscle cells

  • liver

New cards

Tissues not dependent on insulin: brain

freely permeable to glucose

  • GLUT-1 and GLUT-3

New cards

Tissues not dependent on insulin: Skeletal cells

Not dependent on insulin during exercise

  • __***__muscle contraction triggers insertion of GLUT-4 (in absence of insulin)*

dependent on insulin at rest

New cards

Tissues not dependent on insulin: liver

does not use GLUT-4

But insulin does enhance carbohydrate metabolism

  • stimulates glucose phosphorylation

New cards

Glucagon action

essentially the opposite of insulin

glucagon does not affect muscle tissue

primary target is the liver

  • promotes cleavage of glycogen into G6P

  • G6P is dephosphorylated

  • Free glucose molecules diffuse out of hepatocytes

New cards

Insulin deficiency: Diabetes Mellitus: Type 1

  • insulin dependent

  • pancreas does not produce enough insulin

  • develops rapidly

  • usually diagnosed in childhood

New cards

Insulin deficiency: Diabetes Mellitus: Type 2

  • adult onset diabetes

  • insulin receptors not responsive to insulin, or pancreas not secreting enough to meet needs

  • develops slowly

  • obesity is factor

  • can be controlled w/ diet

New cards

Insulin deficiency: gestational diabetes

  • develops in women who are pregnant

  • correlates w/ type 2 development later in life

  • baby could develop diabetes later in life

New cards

acute complications

osmotic diuresis, electrolyte imbalance, ketoacidosis, circulatory failure, cell shrinking, nervous malfunction → Diabetic coma

New cards

Chronic complications

  • manifest after 15-20years

  • degeneration of vascular tissues

    • blood vessel legions

      • kidney failure

      • blindness

      • gangrenous

    • heart disease

    • strokes

  • degeneration in nervous system

    • nerve lesions result in neuropathies

      • brain dysfunction

      • spinal cord dysfunction

      • peripheral nerve dysfunction

        • pain, numbness, tingling in extremities

      • renal failure

        • dialisis → 2 year life expectency

New cards

Insulin excess

characterized by hypoglycemia arising two ways

  • diabetic patient injects too much insulin

    • insulin shock

  • Hypersecretion of insulin

    • beta cell tumor

    • beta cell over-responsive to glucose

      • reactive hypoglycemia

New cards

Insulin excess: consequences

primarily effects brain

  • decrease glucose → brain starves

    • tremor, fatigue, sleepiness, inability to concentrate

    • unconsciousness

    • death

  • Treatment

    • limit glucose intake

New cards

Adrenal Gland

Consists of two endocrine glands

  • adrenal cortex

  • Adrenal medulla

New cards

Adrenal gland: adrenal cortex

  • regulated via hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis

  • secretes cortical hormones (steroids)

    • Mineralocorticoid

      • aldosterone

    • Glucocorticoid

      • cortisol

    • Gonadocorticoid

      • DHEA

        • Androgen

New cards

Adrenal gland: Adrenal medulla

  • part of sympathetic NS

  • secrets catecholamines

    • epinephrine (adrenaline)(80%)

    • Norepinephrine (20%)

New cards

Cortical hormones: Gonadocorticoid (sex hormones)

  • primarily the androgen dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), but also some estrogen

  • Not important as a major source of androgen in males (they have testosterone; 1000X more potent)

  • In women, DHEA is important for sex drive and pubic/axillary hair growth

  • stimulated via ACTH

<ul><li><p>primarily the androgen <u><strong>dehydroepiandrosterone</strong></u> (<u><strong>DHEA</strong></u>), but also some estrogen</p></li><li><p>Not important as a major source of androgen in males (they have testosterone; 1000X more potent)</p></li><li><p><strong>In women, DHEA is important</strong> for sex drive and pubic/axillary hair growth</p></li><li><p>stimulated via ACTH</p></li></ul>
New cards

Cortical Hormones: Mineralocorticoids = Aldosterone

  • targets kidney, resulting in sodium reabsorption

  • stimulated via low blood pressure/volume regulation

    • if salt is recovered from urine, water follows follows passively

    • also stimulates potassium excretion, to maintain ionic equilibrium

New cards

Cortical Hormones: glucocorticoids = cortisol

Chronic stress hormone, targets glucose metabolism in many tissues

  • Liver: stimulates conversion of proteins/lipids into glucose (gluconeogenesis)

  • muscle: promotes utilization of fatty acids as an energy source

Control: CRH → ACTH → Cortisol

New cards



  • from: Zona glomerulosa

  • aldosterone

    • conservation of sodium

    • water retention by osmosis

<p>Mineralocorticoids</p><ul><li><p><strong>from: Zona glomerulosa</strong></p></li><li><p>aldosterone</p><ul><li><p>conservation of sodium</p></li><li><p>water retention by osmosis</p></li></ul></li></ul>
New cards


Cortisol is critical for survival during prolonged fasts

  • increase blood glucose concentrations, at expense of protein and fat stores

    • increase gluconeogenesis

    • increase amino acids

    • increase blood fatty acids

  • permissive to other hormones

    • Ex: catecholamine induced vasoconstriction

      • →if unavailable during stressful condition → shock


    • mechanism largely unknown

    • helpful in surgery patients (demand to have surgery in morning)

  • Pharmacological actions

    • decrease inflammation and immune response

<p>Cortisol is critical for survival during prolonged fasts</p><ul><li><p>increase blood glucose concentrations, at expense of protein and fat stores</p><ul><li><p><strong>increase gluconeogenesis</strong></p></li><li><p><strong>increase amino acids</strong></p></li><li><p><strong>increase blood fatty acids</strong></p></li></ul></li><li><p>permissive to other hormones</p><ul><li><p>Ex: catecholamine induced vasoconstriction</p><ul><li><p>→if unavailable during stressful condition → shock</p></li></ul></li></ul></li><li><p><strong>PROTECTS AGAINST STRESS</strong></p><ul><li><p>mechanism largely unknown</p></li><li><p>helpful in surgery patients (demand to have surgery in morning)</p></li></ul></li><li><p>Pharmacological actions</p><ul><li><p>decrease inflammation and immune response</p></li></ul></li></ul>
New cards

Adrenocortical Dysfunction: Hypersecretion: Aldosterone

  • Adrenal tumor of aldosterone-secreting cells (Conn’s syndrome)

    • primary hyperaldosteronism

  • High activity of renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system

    • secondary hyperaldosteronism

Exaggerated effects: Na+ retention, K+ depletion, increase BP

New cards

Adrenocortical Dysfunction: Hypersecretion: Cortisol

  • overstimulation by CRH and/or ACTH

  • Adrenal tumor of cortisol-secreting cells

  • ACTH-secreting tumors located outside pituitary

Exaggerated effects of cortisol:

  • excessive gluconeogenesis

    → excess glucose and protein shortage: Hyperglycemia and glucosuria

    some of excess glucose deposited as body fat → “buffalo hump” and “moon face”: Cushing’s Syndrome

  • Muscle weakness, fatigue, skin streaks, bruising, poor wound healing, bone fracture

New cards

Adrenocortical insufficiency: Primary insufficiency

Addison’s disease

  • All sones exhibit reduced secretion

    • Likely autoimmune destruction

  • Aldosterone deficiency is most life-threatening

    • hyperkalemia (K+ retention)

      • abnormal ECG

    • Hyponatremia (Na+ loss)

      • hypotension

New cards

Adrenocortical insufficiency: Secondary insufficiency

  • Pituitary or hypothalamic abnormalities → decrease ACTH secretion

    • cortisol is deficient

      • poor response to stress

      • hypoglycemia (decrease gluconeogenesis)

      • loss of permissiveness

      • hyperpigmentation (excessive ACTH → binds alpha MSH → skin darkening)

New cards

Adrenal Medulla (refer back to nervous system section)

Considered part of the sympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system

  • Innervated by sympathetic neurons

  • “fight-or-fight”

  • Major hormone for short-duration stress responses

    • Promotes long-lasting effects than nervous input to tissues, alone.

    • Aimed at promoting an increase in blood glucose and fatty acids

      • Glucose available for brain use

      • Fatty acids for liver (gluconeogenesis) and muscles (energy)

New cards

Integrated Stress Response

knowt flashcard image
New cards


  • produce testosterone from Leydig cells

  • control: GnRH → LH → Testosterone

<ul><li><p>produce testosterone from Leydig cells</p></li><li><p>control: GnRH → LH → Testosterone</p></li></ul>
New cards


  • Produce estrogen and progesterone

  • Control: GnRH → FSH → Estrogen and GnRH → LH → Progesterone

  • Estrogen and progesterone both have effects on the uterus, promoting a healthy environment for gestation

<ul><li><p>Produce estrogen and progesterone</p></li><li><p>Control: GnRH → FSH → Estrogen  and    GnRH → LH  →  Progesterone</p></li><li><p>Estrogen and progesterone both have effects on the uterus, promoting a healthy environment for gestation</p></li></ul>
New cards
term image
knowt flashcard image
New cards

Functions of the Reproduction system: For both males and females

  • produce gametes

    • Oocytes and spermatocytes

    • requires hormone production, also

  • deliver gametes to the site of fertilization

    • ampulla of the fallopian tube

New cards

Functions of the Reproduction system: female specific

  • prepare uterus for implantation

    • requires hormones

  • protection of fetus

  • allow fetal growth and development (gestation)

  • parturition (give birth)

  • lactation

New cards

Anatomy of the Male Reproductive System: Male reproductive structures

External Genitalia

  • Penis

    • Corpus cavernosum

    • corpus spongiosum

      • urethra

  • Scrotum

    • Testes

      • Seminiferous Tubules

      • Epididymis

Internal Genitalia

  • ductus deferens (vas deferens)

  • ejaculatory duct

  • urethra

  • accessory sex glands

    • seminal vesicles

    • prostate gland

    • bulbourethral glands

<p>External Genitalia</p><ul><li><p>Penis</p><ul><li><p>Corpus cavernosum</p></li><li><p>corpus spongiosum</p><ul><li><p>urethra</p></li></ul></li></ul></li><li><p>Scrotum</p><ul><li><p>Testes</p><ul><li><p>Seminiferous Tubules</p></li><li><p>Epididymis</p></li></ul></li></ul></li></ul><p>Internal Genitalia</p><ul><li><p>ductus deferens (vas deferens)</p></li><li><p>ejaculatory duct</p></li><li><p>urethra</p></li><li><p>accessory sex glands</p><ul><li><p>seminal vesicles</p></li><li><p>prostate gland</p></li><li><p>bulbourethral glands</p></li></ul></li></ul>
New cards


contain seminiferous tubules

  • site of spermatogenesis

    • requires two cell types for production

      • interstitial cells of Leydig

        • Testosterone

      • Sertoli cells

        • Nurture the process

    • Temperature sensitive

<p>contain seminiferous tubules</p><ul><li><p>site of <strong>spermatogenesis</strong></p><ul><li><p>requires two cell types for production</p><ul><li><p><strong>interstitial cells of Leydig</strong></p><ul><li><p>Testosterone</p></li></ul></li><li><p><strong>Sertoli cells</strong></p><ul><li><p>Nurture the process</p></li></ul></li></ul></li><li><p>Temperature sensitive</p></li></ul></li></ul>
New cards


cremaster is in the groin

  • begins at puberty

  • continues throughout life

  • one primary spermatocyte produces four sperm cells

  • 2-month development period

  • Several hundred million produced per day

<p>cremaster is in the groin</p><ul><li><p>begins at puberty</p></li><li><p>continues throughout life</p></li><li><p><strong>one</strong> primary spermatocyte produces <strong>four</strong> sperm cells</p></li><li><p>2-month development period</p></li><li><p>Several hundred million produced per day</p></li></ul>
New cards


structure of sperm fits its function of delivering male genetic material

  • a mobile, trimmed-down cell

<p>structure of sperm fits its function of delivering male genetic material</p><ul><li><p>a mobile, trimmed-down cell</p></li></ul>
New cards

Accessory Sex Glands

  • Seminal Vesicles

    • Provide majority (60%) of semen fluid volume

      • Helps dilute thick mass of sperm cells

    • Fructose, prostaglandins, fibrinogen

  • Prostate Gland

    • Alkaline fluid, clotting enzymes, prostate-specific antigen

  • Bulbourethral Glands

    • Mucus-Like secretion

Semen consists of: Sperm, Seminal fluid, Prostate Fluid, Bulbourethral fluid

  • 2-6mL total/ejaculation

  • ~66 million sperm/mL

  • Total range: 120-400 million sperm

New cards

male repro loop

knowt flashcard image
New cards

Anatomy of the female Reproductive System: External Genitalia (Vulva)

  • Opening of the vagina = vestibule

  • Urethral opening

  • Labia minora and majora

  • Clitoris

  • Mons pubis

<ul><li><p>Opening of the vagina = vestibule</p></li><li><p>Urethral opening</p></li><li><p>Labia minora and majora</p></li><li><p>Clitoris</p></li><li><p>Mons pubis</p></li></ul>
New cards

Anatomy of the female Reproductive System: Internal Genitalia

  • Vagina

  • Uterus

    • Cervix

  • Fallopian tubes

  • Ovary

    • Site of oogenesis

<ul><li><p>Vagina</p></li><li><p>Uterus</p><ul><li><p>Cervix</p></li></ul></li><li><p>Fallopian tubes</p></li><li><p>Ovary</p><ul><li><p>Site of oogenesis</p></li></ul></li></ul>
New cards


  • Body is pear-shaped

  • Cervix is cylindrical

  • Walls consist of myometrium and endometrium

  • Cervical canal

    • Entrance for sperm

    • Exit for fetus

<ul><li><p>Body is pear-shaped</p></li><li><p>Cervix is cylindrical</p></li><li><p>Walls consist of myometrium and endometrium</p></li><li><p>Cervical canal</p><ul><li><p>Entrance for sperm</p></li><li><p>Exit for fetus</p></li></ul></li></ul>
New cards

Accessory Glands

Mammary glands

  • lactation

<p>Mammary glands</p><ul><li><p>lactation</p></li></ul>
New cards


  • Site of oogenesis- production of oocyte

  • Suspended from pelvic cavity wall and attached to uterus

  • Fallopian tube held close, with fimbria hovering over ovary

  • Oocytes are released in process of ovulaton

New cards


Begins during development of female fetus

  • produces primary oocytes

Process arrests by birth (during meiotic division)

  • process resumes at puberty

    • one viable oocyte per 28 days

  • process is lost by menopause

<p>Begins during development of female fetus</p><ul><li><p>produces primary oocytes</p></li></ul><p>Process arrests by birth (during meiotic division)</p><ul><li><p>process resumes at puberty</p><ul><li><p>one viable oocyte per 28 days</p></li></ul></li><li><p>process is lost by menopause</p></li></ul>
New cards

The Ovarian Cycle

Repeating cycle divided into two parts, separated by ovulation

  • Follicular phase

  • Luteal phase

New cards

The Ovarian Cycle: Follicular phase

  • Growth of follicle

  • Resumption of meiotic divisions

  • One of several develops to ovulation

  • Characterized by rising levels of estrogen

  • High estrogen triggers LH surge, resulting in ovulation

<ul><li><p>Growth of follicle</p></li><li><p>Resumption of meiotic divisions</p></li><li><p>One of several develops to ovulation</p></li><li><p>Characterized by rising levels of estrogen</p></li><li><p>High estrogen triggers LH surge, resulting in ovulation</p></li></ul>
New cards

The Ovarian Cycle: Luteal phase

  • high LH concentration triggers luteinization of follicular remnants

  • characterized by progesterone secretion

<ul><li><p>high LH concentration triggers luteinization of follicular remnants</p></li><li><p>characterized by progesterone secretion</p></li></ul>
New cards

The Uterine Cycle

  • Correlates w/ the Ovarian Cycle

    • Hormones produced by ovary drive uterine changes

      • Estrogen promotes endometrial lining thickening and development of glandular tissues and vessels (proliferation)

      • Progesterone promotes glandular secretion (secretory) and maintenance of the endometrial lining and vessels. Also, inhibits myometrial contractions

      • Withdrawal of E and P triggers menses (the shedding of the thick endometrial lining)

        • Prostaglandin production promotes vasoconstriction

New cards

Correlation between Ovarian and Uterine Cycles

knowt flashcard image
New cards

The Human Response Cycle

  • Excitement/ Arousal phase

  • Plateau Phase

  • Orgasmic Phase

  • Resolution Phase

New cards

Male Sex Act

Sexual Response cycle

  • Excitement phase

    • Excretion and increase sexual awareness

  • Plateau phase

    • increase HR, increase BP, increase Resp. Rate, increase muscle tension

  • Orgasmic phase

    • Ejaculation

      • emission

        • delivery of prostatic, sperm, and sem. ves. fluids into urethra

      • Expulsion

        • Semen in urethra → sk. muscle contraction in base of penis

    • increase sexual excitement → collective experience of intense physical pleasure

  • Resolution

    • refractory period

    • return to pre-arousal state

<p>Sexual Response cycle</p><ul><li><p>Excitement phase</p><ul><li><p>Excretion and increase sexual awareness</p></li></ul></li><li><p>Plateau phase</p><ul><li><p>increase HR, increase BP, increase Resp. Rate, increase muscle tension</p></li></ul></li><li><p>Orgasmic phase</p><ul><li><p>Ejaculation</p><ul><li><p>emission</p><ul><li><p>delivery of prostatic, sperm, and sem. ves. fluids into urethra</p></li></ul></li><li><p>Expulsion</p><ul><li><p>Semen in urethra → sk. muscle contraction in base of penis</p></li></ul></li></ul></li><li><p>increase sexual excitement → collective experience of intense physical pleasure</p></li></ul></li><li><p>Resolution</p><ul><li><p>refractory period</p></li><li><p>return to pre-arousal state</p></li></ul></li></ul>
New cards

Female Sex Act

Sexual response cycle

  • excitement phase

  • plateau phase

  • Orgasmic phase

  • Resolution

New cards

Female Sex Act: Sexual Response cycle: Excitement phase

  • Erection and ↑ sexual awareness

  • Nipples erect, breasts enlarge

  • “sex flsh” → ↑ blood flow through skin

New cards

Female Sex Act: Sexual Response cycle: Plateau phase

  • ↑ HR, ↑ BP, ↑ Resp. Rate, ↑ muscle tension, vasocongeston in vagina → ↓ vaginal capacity

  • Tenting effect

    • Uterus raises, lifting cervix

New cards

Female Sex Act: Sexual Response cycle: Orgasmic phase

  • Rhythmic contractions of pelvic musculature

  • 0.8 second intervals

  • ↑ sexual excitement → collective experience of intense physical pleasure

New cards

Female Sex Act: Sexual Response cycle: Resolution

  • No refractory period → repeated orgasms

  • up to 12 successive organisms

  • Return to pre-arousal state

New cards


  • Vasocongeston → forces fluid into vaginal lumen

  • Mucus secretion from vestibular glands (outer vagina)

  • Mucus from male

New cards

Fertilization: Primary site = ampulla

Oviduct cups around ovary

  • Fimbriae “sweep” ovulated oocyte into lumen

    • Cilia contribute

  • Peristaltic contractions and ciliary action move oocyte toward ampulla

New cards

Fertilization: Sperm transport

  • Cervical mucus thins (↑ E2)

    • For 2-3 days

  • Dispersal via uterine contractions

  • Retrograde peristalsis

  • Possible chemotaxis

New cards

Explore top notes

note Note
studied byStudied by 11 people
Updated ... ago
5.0 Stars(1)
note Note
studied byStudied by 10 people
Updated ... ago
5.0 Stars(1)
note Note
studied byStudied by 7 people
Updated ... ago
5.0 Stars(1)
note Note
studied byStudied by 5 people
Updated ... ago
5.0 Stars(1)
note Note
studied byStudied by 8 people
Updated ... ago
5.0 Stars(1)
note Note
studied byStudied by 2 people
Updated ... ago
5.0 Stars(1)
note Note
studied byStudied by 650 people
Updated ... ago
4.5 Stars(4)
note Note
studied byStudied by 150 people
Updated ... ago
5.0 Stars(4)

Explore top flashcards

flashcards Flashcard100 terms
studied byStudied by 83 people
Updated ... ago
5.0 Stars(1)
flashcards Flashcard20 terms
studied byStudied by 45 people
Updated ... ago
5.0 Stars(1)
flashcards Flashcard143 terms
studied byStudied by 9 people
Updated ... ago
5.0 Stars(1)
flashcards Flashcard73 terms
studied byStudied by 35 people
Updated ... ago
5.0 Stars(1)
flashcards Flashcard45 terms
studied byStudied by 52 people
Updated ... ago
5.0 Stars(2)
flashcards Flashcard22 terms
studied byStudied by 1 person
Updated ... ago
5.0 Stars(1)
flashcards Flashcard20 terms
studied byStudied by 11 people
Updated ... ago
5.0 Stars(1)
flashcards Flashcard273 terms
studied byStudied by 139 people
Updated ... ago
5.0 Stars(1)