Cortisol

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Summary

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Key Points

  • Cortisol
    • Origin: Adrenal Cortex
    • Trigger: Stress
    • Pathway:
      • CRH from hypothalamus
      • ACTH from anterior pituitary
      • Cortisol (effector hormone)
    • Type: Glucocorticoid
    • Target: Whole Body
    • Effect:
      • Stimulates protein degradation in nonhepatic (non-liver) cells
      • Stimulates gluconeogenesis in liver
        • Increases blood glucose levels
      • Mobilizes fatty acids from fat cells