How a gene for obesity affects the brain

Obesity is a complicated condition, caused by a combination of genetics, the food environment, behavior, and other factors. For millennia, getting enough food to survive and thrive was difficult. For most people, it's now ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Hepatitis B: 'Sleep timer' for immune cells discovered

In chronic hepatitis B, the liver contains immune cells that could destroy hepatitis B virus infected cells but are inactive. A team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has discovered that cells in blood vessels ...

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Hepatocytes make up 70-80% of the cytoplasmic mass of the liver. These cells are involved in protein synthesis, protein storage and transformation of carbohydrates, synthesis of cholesterol, bile salts and phospholipids, and detoxification, modification and excretion of exogenous and endogenous substances. The hepatocyte also initiates the formation and secretion of bile.

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