Insulin is a protein produced by the pancreas which is involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins and especially of glucose.
Biosynthetic human insulin is used for the treatment of diabetes.
Researchers at Rice university have found out that the substitution of a hydrogen with a iodine atom in this molecule can improve its availability to the organism.
This discovery opens the “halogen engineering” approach of medicinal chemistry to proteins.
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