Cellular Membranes as Amplifiers of Hormonal Action

  • Earl F. WalborgJr.
  • N. Burr Furlong


Hormonal regulation of cellular processes can be described in terms of molecule-mediated information transfer, initiated by the interaction of hormone and a cellular receptor. The basic elements of such a system have been described by Hechter (1966):

“… two complementary aspects are involved in the primary reaction of hormone with its receptor-one cybernetic, the other energetic. The cybernetic component involves (a) the environmental informational message brought to the cell by hormone which is selectively received by a macromolecule coded to recognize and discriminate between closely related molecular structures and (b) the translation of the message into intracellular language of information signals, which then flow through the cell to diverse effector sites. The energetic component involves amplification of the message so that it may be transmitted with an energy content sufficient to ‘trigger’ the underlying effector mechanisms….”


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  • Earl F. WalborgJr.
  • N. Burr Furlong

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