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Insulin molecule, computer artwork

Insulin molecule, computer artwork

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Caption

Insulin molecule. Computer artwork of a molecule of insulin showing its secondary structure (ribbons) and sulphur (dark yellow) and zinc (orange, centre) atoms. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas. It consists of two peptide chains, A and B, which are linked by disulphide bridges. This is the hexamer form of the hormone, containing three of each subunit. Insulin is released from the pancreas when blood sugar levels are high, for example after a meal. Insufficient production of insulin leads to an accumulation of glucose in the blood causing diabetes.

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