Topic 6.6: Hormones, Homeostasis and Reproduction
Essential Idea: Hormones are used when signals need to be widely distributed.
At SHS, Topic 6.6 is taught in the following class unit(s):
Statements & Objectives:
6.6.U1 Insulin and glucagon are secreted by beta and alpha cells of the pancreas respectively to control blood glucose concentrations.
6.6.U2 Thyroxin is secreted by the thyroid gland to regulate the metabolic rate and help control body temperature.
6.6.U3 Leptin is secreted by cells in adipose tissue and acts on the hypothalamus of the brain to inhibit appetite.
6.6.U4 Melatonin is secreted by the pineal gland to control circadian rhythms.
6.6.U5 A gene on the Y chromosomes causes embryonic gonads to develop as testes and secretes testosterone.
6.6.U6 Testosterone causes pre-natal development of male genitalia and both sperm production and development of male secondary sexual characteristics during puberty.
6.6.U7 Estrogen and progesterone cause pre-natal development of female reproductive organs and female secondary sexual characteristics during puberty.
6.6.U8 The menstrual cycle is controlled by negative and positive feedback mechanisms involving ovarian and pituitary hormones.
6.6.A1 Causes and treatment of Type I and Type II diabetes.
6.6.A2 Testing of leptin on patients with clinical obesity and reasons for the failure to control the disease.
6.6.A3 Causes of jet lag and use of melatonin to alleviate it.
6.6.A4 The use of IVF of drugs to suspend the normal secretion of hormones, followed by the use of artificial doses of hormones to induce superovulation and establish a pregnancy.
6.6.A5 William Harvey’s investigation of sexual reproduction in deer.
6.6.S1 Annotate diagrams of the male and female reproductive system to show names of structures and their functions.
6.6.NOS Developments in scientific research follow improvements in apparatus- William Harvey was hampered in his observational research into reproduction by lack of equipment. The microscope was invented 17 years after his death.
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