"Once inside, a steroid hormone binds to a receptor, usually in the nucleus but sometimes in the cytoplasm. Inside the nucleus, the hormone-receptor complex binds with DNA and activates certain genes. Messenger RNA (mRNA) moves to the ribosomes in the cytoplasm and protein (e.g., enzyme) synthesis follows. To continue our analogy, a steroid hormone is like a courier that has a pass to enter the factory (the cell). Once inside, he makes contact with the plant manager (DNA), who sees to it that the factory (cell) is ready to produce a product."
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