noun[mass noun] Biochemistry
A hormone formed in the pancreas which promotes the breakdown of glycogen to glucose in the liver.
- The classic interactions between receptors, G-protein transducer, and membrane-localized adenylate cyclase are illustrated below using the pancreatic hormone glucagon as an example.
- One of these molecules, glucose, is mainly controlled by the hormones insulin and glucagon that are released from the pancreas.
- There was no tumoral expression for serotonin, glucagon, insulin, gastrin, vasointestinal peptide, or pancreatic polypeptide.
1920s: from Greek glukus 'sweet' + agōn 'leading, bringing'.
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