Diabetes, illustration

Diabetes, illustration

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Caption: On the right, insulin binds with its receptor in a normal manner. This brings the glucose transporter (Glut-4) to the plasma membrane, allowing glucose to enter the cell. On the left, insulin fails to bind and the Glut-4 is not activated and glucose is prevented from entering the cell. The glucose molecules return to the blood stream, thus elevating the blood-sugar level.

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Keywords: artwork, bilipid layer, blood, blood sugar, blood vessel, cellular membrane, circulatory system, diabetes, diabetes mellitus type 2, diabetic, diffusion, glucose, glucose transporter, glut-4, hyperglycemia, illustration, insulin, insulin receptor, insulin resistance, no-one, nobody, osmosis, protein, transporter, transporter protein, tyrosine kinase receptor

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