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Thyroid hormone activation of target cells. Thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) readily diffuse through the cell membrane. Much of the T4 is deiodi-nated to form T3, which interacts with the thyroid hormone receptor, bound as a heterodimer with a retinoid X receptor, of the thyroid hormone response element of the gene. This causes either increases or decreases in transcription of genes that lead to formation of proteins, thus producing the thyroid hormone response of the cell. The actions of thyroid hormone on cells of several different systems are shown. mRNA, messenger ribonucleic acid.

Growth

CNS development

Cardiovascular

Many other systems

Growth

CNS development

Cardiovascular

TCardiac output TTissue blood flow T Heart rate THeart strength TRespiration

Metabolism

ÎMitochondria tNa+-K+-ATPase tO2 consumption Glucose absorption ÎGluconeogenesis ÎGlycogenolysis TLipolysis Protein synthesis tBMR

metabolic rate can increase to 60 to 100 per cent above normal when large quantities of the hormones are secreted. The rate of utilization of foods for energy is greatly accelerated. Although the rate of protein synthesis is increased, at the same time the rate of protein catabolism is also increased. The growth rate of young people is greatly accelerated. The mental processes are excited, and the activities of most of the other endocrine glands are increased.

Thyroid Hormones Increase the Number and Activity of Mitochondria. When thyroxine or triiodothyronine is given to an animal, the mitochondria in most cells of the animal's body increase in size as well as number. Furthermore, the total membrane surface area of the mitochondria increases almost directly in proportion to the increased metabolic rate of the whole animal. Therefore, one of the principal functions of thyroxine might be simply to increase the number and activity of mitochondria, which in turn increases the rate of formation of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) to energize cellular function. However, the increase in the number and activity of mitochondria could be the result of increased activity of the cells as well as the cause of the increase.

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