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LECTURE 24 - Biology of Cancer and AIDS Understanding...

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Understanding Pancreatic Cancer Biology of Cancer and AIDS
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The Pancreas http://academic.kellogg.cc.mi.us/herbrandsonc/bio201_McKinley/Endocrine%20System.htm
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Main Functions of the Pancreas Pancreatic juice contains agents capable of breaking down the three major components of food: carbohydrates, fats, and proteins Carbohydrates are broken down to simple sugars (mono- and disaccharides) by pancreatic amylase Fats to glycerol and fatty acids by pancreatic lipase Proteins to amino-acids and small peptides by a variety of proteolytic enzymes http://www.medicinenet.com/pancreatic_cancer/article.htm http://www.answers.com/topic/pancreas?cat=health
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Pancreatic Function http://www.smartdiabetesdecisions.com/diabetes1.htm
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Blood Sugar and Pancreatic Function When Blood sugar (glucose) drops The pancreas detects the drop in blood sugar Switches on the output of glucagon into the blood Glucagon signals the liver to break down glycogen into glucose The liver releases glucose into the bloodstream Blood glucose goes up to its normal set point The pancreas detects the rise in blood sugar and switches off glucagon release. When Blood sugar (glucose) rises
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