Insulin molecule

Insulin molecule

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Credit: PROF. K.SEDDON & DR. T.EVANS, QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY BELFAST/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Insulin. Computer artwork of a molecule of the hormone insulin, essential in maintaining the balance of glucose metabolism in the body. Atoms are depicted as spheres and are colour-coded: carbon (purple), hydrogen (light blue), oxygen (pink), nitrogen (yellow). Insulin is a protein comprising 51 amino acids. It is a steroid hormone secreted by the pancreas gland of all vertebrates, including humans. Insulin is secreted in response to high blood glucose levels (such as after a meal). It promotes the uptake of blood glucose by body cells. Lack of insulin leads to the disease diabetes mellitus.

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Keywords: biochemical, biochemistry, chemical, chemistry, compound, compounds, computer graphic, diabetes, hormone, insulin, molecular graphic, molecule, molecules

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