Summary

This chapter has presented an overview of our current understanding of the mechanism of hormone action. The several models of membrane receptors and the operation of steroid receptors as transcription factors have been presented mostly in a generic sense. At the same time, reference has been made to specific hormonal systems that follow these models. Thus, many topics have been introduced that will be covered in greater detail in Chapters 3-20.

As described in the Introduction, the current era of cellular and molecular endocrinology is flourishing. It is not yet possible to ascertain when its zenith will be at hand.

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