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October 31, 2012 / May K.

Glycogen Synthase Kinase 3 (GSK-3)


Protein Data Bank ID: 1Q3W
Protein Name: GSK-3
Organism: Homo sapiens
Title of Drawing: “Kitti’s hog-nosed bat“

This protein was drawn for a friend working on the same floor as I do.

The enzyme Glycogen Synthase Kinase 3 (GSK-3) mediates the transfer of phosphate groups to specific amino acid residues (serine or threonine) of its target protein. Usually phosphorylation by GSK-3 leads to the inhibition of the target. This kinase is involved in many processes of living organisms, one of which is the storage of glucose. This protein is of high interest to researchers as it seems to be implicated in many different diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease, Type II diabetes, some forms of cancer, and Bipolar Disorder.
So in the run-up to Halloween we should follow the example of the glucose storing GSK-3 and stock up on candies!

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  1. Rosie Scribblah / Oct 31 2012 7:14 pm

    excellent lol

  2. Science of Dogs. / Nov 1 2012 3:20 am

    Wonderful

  3. manjishtha / Nov 1 2012 4:01 am

    This is brilliant!!

  4. Alex Wyler / Nov 6 2012 8:04 am

    Я всегда считал, что Альцгеймера невозможно победить.

    • May K. / Nov 6 2012 12:31 pm

      Победить пока нельзя, замедлить в некоторых случаях уже можно. А вообще, может, всё-таки что-нибудь придумаем…

  5. Naomi / Dec 6 2012 4:57 am

    Yay, a kinase! By the way, I wrote a bit about your website http://naomisutanto.wordpress.com/2012/12/06/the-first-10/
    Hope it’s accurate.

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