Histology; Adrenal Gland

CLICK HERE FOR THE GENERAL ADRENAL GLAND POST

source; http://legacy.owensboro.kctcs.edu/gcaplan/anat2/histology/histo%20A%20endocrine.htm

The adrenal medulla- directly controlled by the sympathetic nervous system
  1. the medulla's cells respond by releasing epinephrine or norepinephrine


source; http://www.bu.edu/histology/p/14502ooa.htm
source; http://www.gfmer.ch/selected_images_v2/detail_list.php?cat1=1&cat2=2&cat3=0&cat4=3&stype=n
source; http://district.bluegrass.kctcs.edu/shirley.whitescarver/BIO139Lab/BIO139/139Lab12/Lab12EndocrineSlides.html
For more depth check out Wikipedia; adrenal gland

source: http://www.bu.edu/histology/p/14503ooa.htm
IN THIS IMAGE, THE BLACK BOX SHOWS YOU THE (IN ORDER FROM LEFT TO RIGHT): ZONA FASCICULATA AND ZONA GLOMERULOSA OF THE CORTEX.

Source: http://www.bu.edu/histology/p/14505ooa.htm
ABOVE IS A LARGER VIEW OF THE ZONA FASCICULATA.

Adrenal Cortex Produces 3 major groups steroid hormones called corticosteroids:
  1. mineralocorticoids (maninly aldosterone)
    1. regulates water and electrolyte balance in ECF
    2. by regulating sodium ion reabsorption by kidney tubules
  2. glucocorticoids
    1. helps body resist long-term stressors by increasing blood glucose levels
      1. cortisone
      2. hydrocortisone
      3. corticosterone
  3. gonadocorticoids (sex hormones)
    1. are mainly male sex hormones (androgens)
    2. and some female hormones (estrogen)

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