Hormones. Cortical steroids (corticoids-hormones of adrenal cortex) are grouped into three catagories :
mineralocorticoids, glucocorticoids and gonadocorticoids.
(i) Mineralocorticoids. These hormones are secreted by the cells of zona glomerulosa of adrenal cortex.
Target cells. Mineralocorticoids act on the cells of the kidneys.
(ii) Glucocorticoids. They affect carbohydrate metabolism, however, they also affect the metabolism of proteins and fats.
Target Cells. Glucocorticoids act on the cells of the liver.
(iii) Gonadocorticoids (Sexcorticoids). They are also called sex hormones of adrenal glands. Large quantities of male than female sexcorticoids (sex hormones) are produced.
Target cells. Gonadocorticoids act on the cells of gonads (testes and ovaries).