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Molecular model of insulin molecule

T.Blundell & N Campillo

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CPK representation (molecular model) of the insulin molecule. The two chains are shownin different colours. Insulin molecules consist of two polypeptide chains (A and B) linked by disulphide bonds. Insulin decreases blood glucose concentrations, and increases cell permeability to monosaccharides, amino acids and blood glucose concentrations, and increases cell fatty acids. Defects of insulin are the cause of hyperinsulinemia and type-II diabetes mellitus.



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