Thyroid follicles

Thyroid follicles

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Credit: ANIMATED HEALTHCARE LTD/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Thyroid follicles. Computer artwork of cells of thyroid follicles (pink, purple) superimposed on an artwork of the thyroid gland (red, centre). A thyroid follicle consists of a layer of epithelial cells (purple) around a central storage chamber (spaces). The cells produce the thyroid hormones tri-iodothyronin (T3) and thyroxine (T4) and secrete them into the central chamber where they are stored as the glycoprotein thyroid colloid (red). Thyroid hormones regulate the body's metabolism.

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Keywords: anatomical, anatomy, artwork, biological, biology, cell, cells, computer artwork, endocrine gland, follicle, follicles, gland, glycoprotein, hormonal, hormone, human body, illustration, metabolic, metabolism, t3, t4, thyroid, thyroid colloid, thyroid gland, thyroxine, tri-iodthyronin

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