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Hormone Binding Proteins

by Carlo Raj, MD
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    Let's talk about hormone binding proteins. Now, before we begin this topic, hormone binding proteins, all of these are coming from where? Liver, liver, liver, liver. How are the boards going to ask you about this? They'll talk to you about pregnancy, one thing. Oh, yeah. In pregnancy, tell me what is the major circulating hormone that is found. Estrogen. Good. In pregnancy, what can you expect your binding protein concentration to be? Always elevated. So, estrogen works in the liver to increase your binding proteins. Which ones? We'll take a look at the table down below. Begin at the very top. Sex hormone binding globulin. These are called globulins. In other words, these are proteins. Coming from where? The liver. What's your hormone responsible for increasing your binding globulin? Estrogen. Found when? During pregnancy. Sex hormone binding globulin will bind to estrogen and testosterone. Now, before I go on, there is one point that students keep mistaking here or confusing, and they get androgen binding globulin confused with sex hormone binding globulin. The androgen-binding globulin, for example, let’s talk about the testes, I want you tell me what the inner cell of a testes is called. Sertoli cell. That also has a binding globulin. That’s not the same one as this. That’s where students keep confusing this. So, you have an androgen binding globulin that locally binds your androgen within your Sertoli cell. Keep that that separate from your sex hormone binding globulin. I’m going to give you a second example where students keep getting this confused as well. It’s a concept. What about the next one? It’s called cortico-binding hormone. In other words, cortisol binding hormone. It’s cortisol. Neurophysins, where are you? The neurophysins actually would be up in the hypothalamus responsible for binding your posterior pituitary hormones....

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    The lecture Hormone Binding Proteins by Carlo Raj, MD is from the course Introduction to the Endocrine System.


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    1. Liver
    2. Hypothalamus
    3. Adrenal cortex
    4. Anterior pituitary
    5. Posterior pituitary
    1. Neurophysins
    2. CBG
    3. TBG
    4. VDBP
    5. SHBG
    1. Testosterone
    2. Calcitriol
    3. Oxytocin
    4. Androgens
    5. Cortisol

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     Carlo Raj, MD

    Carlo Raj, MD


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