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Endocrinology

Endocrinology is the study of hormones, their signalling pathways, and the diseases associated with them. Hormones are chemical messengers produced by an organ and released into the blood, to be transported to a distant site to exert their function.  Hormones are found in all organisms with more than one cell and are found in plants and animals, and influence or control a wide range of physiological activities, such as growth, development, puberty, alertness, sugar regulation, appetite and bone growth.  

Further reading

Lamberts et al (1997) The Endocrinology of Aging.  Science 17 OCT 419

Safe et al (2014) Role Of Orphan Nuclear Receptors in Cancer and Potential as Drug Targets, Mol. Endocrinology 28(2) 157 https://doi.org/10.1210/me.2013-1291

Bahadoran et al (2019) A Brief History of Modern Endocrinology and Definitions of a True Hormone.  Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders-Drug Targets 19(8) 1116 DOI: https://doi.org/10.2174/1871530319666190326142908

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