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What is a hormone receptor for?

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Dr. Scott Roseff
Fertility Medicine
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In brief: For an effect

The receptor is the area on the surface of a cell to which a hormone binds in order for the hormone to have an effect on the cell.
For example, estrogen binds to its receptor on or in the cell and then the cell changes its behavior in response to the estrogen. Most hormones won't do anything unless they first bind to a cell receptor.

In brief: For an effect

The receptor is the area on the surface of a cell to which a hormone binds in order for the hormone to have an effect on the cell.
For example, estrogen binds to its receptor on or in the cell and then the cell changes its behavior in response to the estrogen. Most hormones won't do anything unless they first bind to a cell receptor.
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