The Interaction of Hormones with Biological Membranes

  • Darrell D. Fanestil


Major advances in our knowledge on the interaction of hormones with biological membranes have occurred in the past few years. Three general classes of hormones have been studied in considerable detail: steroid hormones, peptide hormones, and neurotransmitters. In addition, studies on the interaction of prostaglandins and opiatelike compounds with membranes are now appearing. Steroid hormones, the first to be studied in detail, react initially with macromolecules within the cytoplasmic compartment (cytosol) of the cell. Thus steroids do not exert their biological actions through interaction with components of, or in, a bilayer or cellular membrane, and therefore are mentioned only occasionally in this chapter. Excellent reviews(1,2) and monographs(3) are available on steroid hormone action.


Hormone Receptor Insulin Receptor Adenyl Cyclase Peptide Hormone Hormone Binding 
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  • Darrell D. Fanestil
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  1. 1.Department of MedicineUniversity of California, San DiegoLa JollaUSA

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