Monohydrate cholesterol crystals

Monohydrate cholesterol crystals

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Caption: Scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of crystals of monohydrate cholesterol percipitated from alcohol & water. Cholesterol is a sterol, a waxy, fatlike material synthesised by all animal cells. It is an essential constitutent of the cell membrane, a precursor to the formation of sex hormones and the source of bile salts. A third of body cholesterol is produced in the liver. Its excretion, directly or as bile salts, is the sole responsiblitiy of the liver. Body cholesterol is added to by dietary cholesterol, mainly from meat and dairy products. High levels are associated with atheroma (furring of arteries) and coronary heart disease. Mag:X 400 at 10x8 inch size.

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Keywords: atheroma, bile, chemical, chemistry, cholesterol, compound, compounds, coronary heart disease, crystal, crystals, fatty plaque, scanning electron micrograph, sem, sterol

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