Activated ghrelin hormone molecule

Activated ghrelin hormone molecule

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Credit: RAMON ANDRADE 3DCIENCIA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Activated ghrelin hormone molecule. Computer model showing the structure of the human hormone ghrelin. Atoms are colour-coded spheres (carbon: grey, oxygen: red, nitrogen: blue). Ghrelin is responsible for stimulating the feeling of hunger. Ghrelin levels increase before meals and decrease after meals. Here, it is shown with an octanoylation (foreground left) on the third amino acid (serine). This octanoylated peptide can activate the GHSR receptor and is therefore known as the active form of ghrelin.

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